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