Our specialists offer a wide range of rehabilitation services specifically designed for women's health issues.

Our services include:

  • Prolonged bed rest rehabilitation: Some expectant mothers are placed on bed rest during their pregnancy due to premature rupture of membranes or pre-term labor. Prolonged bed rest can potentially lead to muscle weakness and discomfort. If you are on prolonged bed rest, physical therapists can work with you at your bedside to develop an exercise program that will help you feel comfortable and strong. They may also invite you to group classes to help you maintain your strength. Additionally, they can educate you about positioning and body mechanics that can decrease the discomfort that often accompanies prolonged bed rest.
  • Postpartum pain and weakness: On occasion, women experience increased pelvic pain or leg weakness following delivery. When this occurs, a physical therapist can provide muscle strengthening exercises, body mechanics education, help with walking properly (gait training) and assistive device training to help with mobility. Some patients may require stabilization aids such as an SI belt.

Pelvic Floor Program

Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common medical problems affecting women ages 18 to 50. It may mean pain in the lower abdomen, inner thighs or low back; post-partum pain; pain with intercourse; painful scars or adhesions; or pelvic muscle spasm or tightness.

Incontinence, an involuntary loss or leaking of urine, affects approximately 30 percent of men and women over the age of 60 and 80 percent of pregnant women.

In both cases, physical therapy can often help. Our physical therapists are specialists in treating muscles throughout the body, including those that support the pelvic floor. They can identify and, in many cases, reverse or greatly reduce weakness and dysfunction within the pelvic floor muscles that may be contributing to urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.

Our program begins with a detailed history, musculoskeletal screening and evaluation of specific pelvic floor muscles. Your physical therapist then designs a treatment strategy that may include:

  • Biofeedback
  • Electrical stimulation to alleviate pelvic floor dysfunctions
  • Individualized education on the bladder and a voiding schedule
  • Muscle retraining

Conditions

Treatments

Post C-Section Early Exercise Program

One of every five births in the United States is performed via Cesarean section (C-section). Though relatively low risk, C-section is major abdominal surgery and may entail more discomfort, longer recovery and greater difficulty returning to normal activity than a vaginal birth.

The Post C-section Early Exercise Program, created in consultation with Northwestern Medicine Grayslake OB/GYN physicians,* uses gentle exercise and movement designed to reduce post-surgical pain and adhesions, prevent faulty posture, improve pelvic floor function and strengthen abdominal muscles.

The Early Exercise Program will help you get into pre-pregnancy shape and child-rearing condition with minimal difficulty. Intended for the six weeks immediately following C-section delivery, our physical therapists actually begin working with you shortly following your delivery. Patients who have scheduled a C-section can also be seen on an outpatient basis prior to delivery.

Your physician will let you know at your post partum check-up (six to eight weeks after delivery) when it is safe to return to your regular exercise routine. You should make the transition gradually.

Physical Therapy for Women’s Health

Physical therapy for women’s health is a specialty that addresses conditions that occur in women of all ages. Women from DeKalb and Kendall County come to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Physical Therapy Centers to receive comprehensive treatment for a range of women’s health issues.

Fibromyalgia

A chronic condition that is often difficult to diagnose, fibromyalgia affects almost five million people in the United States, and 80% to 90% are women. Fibromyalgia is usually diagnosed in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, but the symptoms—such as widespread chronic pain and fatigue—can show up earlier. Although there is currently no definitive cure, there are treatments that can help.

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital physical therapists help women with fibromyalgia:

  • Understand and manage their pain
  • Reduce their fatigue
  • Improve their function and quality of life

Pregnancy and Postpartum

Because of the anatomical and physiological changes that occur in a pregnant woman’s body, pregnancy and childbirth increase the risk of pelvic strain and low back pain.Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital physical therapists help women with pelvic issues before and after childbirth:

  • Restore strength to core muscles and manage pain
  • Gradually return to physical activity and fitness
  • Learn exercises that will make delivery easier
  • Learn proper lifting and body mechanics
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