Pelvic floor physical therapy at Capital Regional Medical Center can assist with strengthening weak muscles that can cause urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as pelvic organ prolapse. More than 1 in 3 women suffer from a pelvic disorder. They are among the most common health conditions among women, but they are rarely talked about. The pelvic floor muscles support internal organs, as well as help with proper function of the bladder and bowel. Proper balance of strength and relaxation is needed for normal function of the pelvic floor muscles.
Women's health physical therapy is also important for the pregnant and post-partum patient. Physical therapy that strengthens the pelvic floor muscles can address musculoskeletal impairments during these phases, such as lower back and sacroiliac joint pant, diastasis recti and perineal tears.
Furthermore, physical therapy can assist a patient after mastectomy and reconstructive breast surgery by helping them regain range of motion and return to activities of daily living. Education is essential so patients know what precautions to take while exercising with drains. If lymph nodes were removed during surgery, physical therapists can assess the arm circumference and monitor for signs and symptoms of lymphedema, which is easier to manage if detected early. It is also important to have good scar mobility after surgery, as tight scars can limit range of motion and lead to pain. Once the incisions are healed, physical therapists can also teach patients about scar massage.
To learn more about Women's Health Physical Therapy at Capital Regional Medical Center, call (850) 325-5269.