Women’s health rehabilitation is a specialty practice area of physical therapy. It is an area of physical therapy that addresses the unique medical needs of women. Women’s health rehabilitation includes treatment for pre-natal and post-partum patients, continence problems, osteoporosis, pelvic, hip and back pain.
Pre-Natal and Post-Partum Care
Pelvic and back pain can begin or be exacerbated with pregnancy and can continue after giving birth
Many pregnant women experience both low back pain as well as pelvic floor dysfunction
Urinary incontinence is common with 45% of women experiencing it up to 5-7 years after giving birth
Physical Therapy can help the following:
Tailbone or Hip pain
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) management (separation of abdominal muscles during pregnancy)
Scar tissue mobilization (post episiotomy or post c-section)
Post pregnancy issues (pelvic floor weakness due to episiotomy or tearing)
Thoracic/mid-back pain/poor posture
Shoulder/arm pain and tingling
Professional guidance with modification of an established exercise program during pregnancy/return to prior level of fitness post-partum
Back, Hip and Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain has many causes and can affect both men and women.
Symptoms may include burning pain in the pelvis, painful intercourse or pain with bowel
An involuntary loss of urine that can affect women and men of all ages.
Symptoms may include leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, lifting and laughing or having difficulty controlling leakage.
Over 25 million Americans struggle with transient or chronic urinary loss.
The typical length of treatment for incontinence is once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Osteoporosis affects 10% of adults over 50 years old and low bone mass (precursor to Osteoporosis) affects nearly 50% of adults.
Weight bearing exercise has been shown to stimulate increased bone density and bone growth.
Your physical therapist will work with you to design a weight bearing exercise program.
Capstone Physical Therapy is an outpatient physical therapy clinic that specializes in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems and Women’s Health Care. Jeannett Penner is a physical therapist with over 15 years of experience in physical therapy. She has taken advanced training in women’s health care, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, back, hip and pelvic pain.