Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital provides treatment for stress, urge, or mixed urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and low back pain.
Recent research has demonstrated physical therapy’s effectiveness at treating the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Pelvic floor muscle training, in conjunction with bladder training, has been seen to resolve the symptoms of urinary incontinence in women. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence affect up to one-quarter of American women. This highlights the need for physical therapy’s services for individuals with these conditions. Urinary incontinence, or involuntary loss of bladder control, isn’t something that just happens to older patients. In fact, the condition affects men and women alike, young and old. More than 25 million Americans have urinary incontinence, and the experience can leave them feeling ashamed, socially isolated, and depressed.
Our specially trained Physical Therapist is skilled in evaluating and providing patient centered treatment in women’s health issues through different stages of life, from childbearing years to the post menopausal period. SIRH provides treatment to address spinal and pelvic joint dysfunction, instruct in exercises to address muscle weakness and imbalance, and provide guidance and instruction related to modifications of activities of daily living that may be difficult during the prenatal and postpartum phases.
Program Features include:
- Comprehensive assessment to determine the type of incontinence (stress, urge, or both), the extent of incontinence, and assessment of the strength, motor control and endurance of pelvic floor muscles
- Additional assessment of any other musculoskeletal issues with particular emphasis on pelvic and back pain
- Comprehensive treatment plan in collaboration with your physician
- Therapeutic exercise to enhance pelvic floor and abdominal muscle function, and incorporation of these exercises into daily routine activities
- Surface EMG (electromyography) to measure muscle contraction and to provide patients with feedback on the muscle control as it develops
- Electrical Stimulation to facilitate effective muscle contractions
- Recommendations on lifestyle changes that will help make the bladder less irritable, including avoiding common bladder irritants, retraining the bladder, keeping a bladder diary and lifting, moving, and exercising correctly
For more information about the Women’s Health program, or to schedule an appointment, call (812) 941-6134, or have your physician fax an order to (812) 941-6223.