Pelvic floor dysfunction usually results infaecal incontinence. The dysfunctions are decreased rectal sensation, impaired anal sensation, rectal prolapse, and weakness of the pelvic muscles due to complicated birth delivery or prolonged labour. Trauma to the perineum or the sacral nerve roots is also a cause of pelvic dysfunction. The management involves medical, surgical and physiotherapy interventions. Referrals for physical therapy are however very rare, probably due to low awareness of the role of physical therapists in the management of faecal incontinence. The management includes programmes for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles using Kegel exercises and electrical muscle stimulation using faradic current. This article highlights the role of physical therapy in the management of faecal incontinence.
Key words: Faecal incontinence, electrical muscle stimulation, pelvic floor muscles, exercises.