Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) are fairly common conditions that affect people of all ages. Studies have shown that nearly 30% to 50% of women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, particularly older women and someone who has experienced childbirth. Nearly 25% of U.S. women are affected by one or more pelvic floor disorders, according to the National Institutes of Health. Pelvic floor disorders result when the muscles and connective tissue within the pelvic cavity weaken or are injured. This can lead to a risk of obvious prolapse, some organ dysfunctions such as urinary and fecal incontinence, and also sexual dysfunction.
After over 25-year thorough development of the Obstetrics market, EDAN is dedicated to offering an all-around solution for women’s healthcare. By constantly discussing with front-line obstetrics and gynecology healthcare givers, EDAN noticed the unsaturated field of pelvic floor disorders treatments and gained more insights into it through the user voices. The team decided to dig more into the market.
Challenges in the Diagnosis and Treatment of PFDs Worldwide
Firstly, a lack of awareness of PFDs and available treatment options may prevent many patients from seeking care. A global survey found one in six didn’t know where the pelvic floor was, and a quarter didn’t know what it did. Moreover, less than one-half of the women with incontinence reported the symptoms to a caregiver. People felt ashamed of their diagnosis and were uncomfortable speaking with anyone about it, including healthcare providers.
Additional considerations include a lack of patient referrals and insufficient physical therapy screenings for PFD symptoms. Jirschele et al (2015) studied physician barriers to urinary incontinence identification and treatment. A conclusion has been drawn that primary care providers (PCPs) may be partially responsible for the delay in patients seeking treatment for PFDs. It is viewed as the physical therapist’s responsibility to initiate relative patients education. Also, there is a lack of appreciation by clinicians in primary and secondary care for the complexity of their pelvic floor issues.
After a series of intensive investigations and research, the P series is developed and launched into the market in 2019 to address the unmet need in pelvic muscle rehabilitation, which can provide precise assessment for pelvic muscle and effective physical treatment. It provides unmatched experience to both therapists and patients across a broad range of applications: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, Disorder of Defecation, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Sexual Dysfunction, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Diastasis Recti, etc.
Delve into Users' Demand, Smart Signal Extraction Algorithm Is Presented
For PDFs diagnoses, EDAN developed an exclusive signal extraction algorithm. During the assessment by surface electromyography (sEMG), the signal acquisition was usually conducted at fixed points, which could be delayed since patients’ responses are not timely. The smart signal extraction algorithm guarantees the accuracy of muscular assessment and avoids individual differences, which is convenient for doctors to diagnose and treat patients of the whole age spectrum. In addition, P Series leads patients to simulate different physiological activities for assessing muscular performance more comprehensively. It also supports the therapist to adjust the protocols or parameters in real-time so that the feedback can facilitates the provision of customized treatments for patients.
For the treatment section, the team also considers many practical clinical needs. P series provided a variety of treatments which contain electrostimulation, biofeedback training, relaxation training, and dilation training. According to the result of the muscular assessment, the P series can generate a comprehensive treatment schedule to address the patient’s needs. Therapists can pick up fixed protocols to treat corresponding diseases or define a new protocol specifically, which effectively reduces regional differences.
Raising Public Awareness of PFDs Treatment, EDAN in Action
In order to help improve conditions of PFDs treatment, EDAN is dedicated to doing more. By supporting pelvic floor literacy on various media platforms since 2020, EDAN had spared no effort to improve the public understanding of PFDs treatment. For the domestic market, EDAN has produced a series of materials about pelvic floor knowledge, reaching 260,000 people in 2021.
On the other hand, EDAN organized a series of academic conferences, seminars and other specialized activities for PFDs treatment practitioners to promote greater understanding and provide opportunities to share experiences and knowledge. According to statistics, EDAN had held almost 50 events for pelvic floor disorders knowledge sharing in 2021, reaching 80,000 people. There are also live-streaming lessons providing support for different levels of therapists.
Over 76% of PFDs care demands have occurred at small clinics, private hospitals, and individual therapists in some developed countries. EDAN provides a brand new compact system, the PA4 Pro, to meet the portability need. In addition, household equipment will be developed to cover different usage scenarios. EDAN will be committed to creating comprehensive solutions for PFDs therapy for the global market.
For more information, please visit the official website of EDAN P Series: https://www.edan.com/product/k/Biofeedback_and_stimulation_system.html.