Women’s Health Physical Therapy Program
Genesis Rehabilitation Services provides physical therapy designed especially with women in mind.
We can help you with the following conditions:
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine. Many women believe this is a result of normal aging or childbirth - that loss of bladder control is inevitable and irreversible. Often, urinary incontinence is treatable without medication or surgery. The primary goal of treatment is to decrease or end incontinence.
Prolapse/Pelvic Floor Laxity
Prolapse is the falling or slipping downward of the bladder, urethra, rectum or uterus. Because of the increased downward pressure of these organs on the pelvic floor muscles, the muscles may become lax or unbound. This laxity may lead to problems with urination, incontinence or discomfort.
Mild to moderate prolapse can be successfully treated non-surgically. The primary goal of treatments is to increase strength of the pelvic floor muscles to support the above organs.
Pelvic Floor Pain
Some types of pelvic floor pain may be caused by muscle tightness, spasm or scar tissue, which could be from the body’s natural healing response to injury or childbirth.
Pain associated with sexual activity is not a normal occurrence; if there is a musculoskeletal reason for the pain, it can often be treated successfully.
The primary goal of treatment is relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles to decrease or end the pain.
Here’s What You Need to Do
- Tell your physician about your problem and ask him or her to refer you to the Center for Occupational and Outpatient Rehabilitation (COOR) at Genesis. Be sure to make an appointment with your physician because you’ll need to be medically cleared before you can be referred.
- You will also need to have a pelvic exam within the past 12 months.
- Check with your insurance provider about whether treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction is covered by your current plan. Please ask specifically for pelvic floor dysfunction.
What You Can Expect
You’ll have an initial assessment by a licensed physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of women’s health issues. Then an education and treatment plan will be designed specifically for your needs.
You’ll have your treatment at COOR, and you’ll typically be seen once a week for six to 10 weeks. During treatment your referring physician will be kept up-to-date about your progress.
Want to Know More?
For more information about the Women’s Health Physical Therapy Program at Genesis, call the Center for Occupational and Outpatient Rehabilitation at (740) 455-5151 or 877-455-5151.