Mercy's physical therapists have specialized training that will benefit women with a variety of medical conditions. These therapies use every facet of their physical therapy training to evaluate and provide intervention for female clients, promoting and enhancing health through the life span. All treatments are individually designed after thorough evaluations.
Pregnant women may suffer from pain or aching in the back or shoulder blades, rib cage, groin area or wrists due to changes in posture, weight or hormonal factors. Not only are these women more suseptible to injury during pregnancy, but also, related orthopedic problems may persist or may begin following pregnancy. Maternity supports, manual therapy, and strengthening or retraining techniques are typical treatments. For a woman in a high-risk pregnancy, bed rest is often necessary. After considering medical restrictions, the physical therapist designs an individual program of exercises and positioning and incorporates relaxation training in the patient's overall program. Post-delivery rehabilitation includes strengthening and endurance training.
Incontinence is any involuntary loss of urine or stool. Pelvic floor muscle weakness resulting in a loss of muscular support for the bladder, uterus or rectum may be the cause. Non-surgical treatments for incontinence include the use of specially prescribed exercises, bladder training, electrical stumulation, biofeedback, and vaginal weights.
Pelvic floor tension or pain in the sling of muscles which support the bladder, uterus, and rectum can be caused by muscle, joint, or nerve problems. The patient may have difficulty sitting, pain during intercourse, pain during menstruation, or pain in the hips or lower abdomen. Rehabilitation includes pelvic floor relaxation training, manual therapy, and biofeedback.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thin and brittle. A person with osteoporosis is at risk for a bone fracture. Physical therapy programs include instruction in proper body mechanics, balance training, and exercise, fitting of braces or orthotics, and treatments that may include moist heat and electrical stimulation to relieve pain as well as advice regarding safe exercise programs.
Lymphedema is a persistent swelling of the arm or leg, trunk or neck. Lymphedema typically occurs when lymph nodes are damaged or removed during surgery, or following infection or scar formation which blocks the lymphatic fluid flow. A person may be at risk for developing lymphedema following cancer surgery, radiation, or some other form of trauma that affects the lymph nodes. Lymphedema may occur weeks, months, or years after the initial injury. Our certified lymphedema therapists will create a treatment plan that may include: therapeutic exercise, instruction in prevention, specialized massage, compression bandaging and custom made compression garments. Mercy's lymphedema therapy services have been available since 2007.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by persistent and widespread musculoskeletal pain along with specific muscular tender points. Additional symptoms vary and can include overwhelming fatigue, generalized stiffness, impaired sensitivity to cold, anxiety, and memory impairment. Treatments to reduce pain and promote function include non-impact activities to increase physical fitness, stretching and strengthening exercises, heat and cold modalities, instruction in energy conservation principles, and instruction in proper body mechanics for all activities of daily living.