The Women’s Health Rehabilitation program at Bon Secours St. Francis was developed to address conditions and issues that uniquely affect women. A woman’s body goes through many changes during a lifetime, and weakness or injury to muscles in the pelvic floor can cause health issues for women of all ages.
The group of muscles in the pelvic floor helps to support our organs and allow us to properly perform bladder and bowel functions. The pelvic floor can be affected by aging, childbirth, posture, or injury. This dysfunction can result in urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, or pain with intercourse.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can be treated successfully with physical therapy. Bon Secours St. Francis is committed to providing excellent quality pelvic floor therapy with state-of-the-art technology.
Can you benefit from Women’s Health Rehabilitation?
- Do you usually get a strong urge to urinate?
- Do you sometimes not make it to the bathroom in time?
- Do you leak urine when you sneeze or cough?
- Do you leak urine with physical activity?
- Do you use pads due to urine or bowel leakage?
- Can you prolong the urge to defecate?
- Do you get up more than once per night to urinate?
- Do you have pain with intercourse?
- Do you have pain in the lower abdomen region?
- Do you feel heaviness in the vaginal area?
- Are you straining to have a bowel movement?
If you answered yes to any of above questions, you may be a candidate for Women’s Health Rehabilitation.
We treat the following conditions:
- Stress incontinence
- Urge incontinence
- Mixed incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Pregnancy related pain
- Post-partum related pain
- Diastasis Recti
- Chronic Prostatitis
- Disorders of the coccyx
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Adhesions of scars
- Vulvar pain
What to Expect at the First Visit
Your first visit will consist of a one-hour evaluation. You are welcome to bring someone with you if it would make you feel more comfortable. The interview process discusses past medical history, including surgical and obstetric history. Additional focus will include questions regarding bladder and bowel function, sexual function, and pain in relationship to the genitourinary and colorectal systems. With your consent, the vaginal and/or rectal area will be observed externally well as internal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles. A comprehensive evaluation of the back and lower extremities will also be assessed.
The physical therapist will provide education of the anatomy of the pelvic floor and your specific condition. Specific techniques will be discussed to help you manage your condition at home. Exercises for the pelvic floor will be issued as well as written material addressing the muscular dysfunction. A bowel and bladder diary will be sent home with you to provide guidelines for modification in future visits. By the end of the session, you will have an individualized plan of care to improve your condition.
To schedule a consultation, call us at 864-675-4651.