Specialized Therapies for Women
St. Vincent provides specialized therapies for women by women. Specialized women’s therapies cover a range of physical therapy options that focus on issues and disorders unique to females throughout the life cycle.
Women's health therapists are trained to identify, assess and treat disorders that may arise in association with:
- Female athletics
- Urinary incontinence
- Pelvic pain
- Many other concerns
Women often accept health issues as "normal" and have difficulty talking about them to their families, friends, and even their healthcare providers. With St. Vincent Women's Therapy Program, our physical therapists are able to provide these specialized services in a comforting, peaceful, private and relaxing environment that lends itself to meeting the individualized needs of women.
Common Problems include, but are not limited to:
Pelvic Floor Disorders
Just like we have muscles in our arms & legs, we have muscles in our pelvic area — the pelvic floor — that perform very important functions. Most of our major organs are supported by these muscles — so they obviously have a big job to do. Sometimes, these muscles are weakened or don’t function properly, causing urinary incontinency, pelvic pain or other issues. Learn more about St. Vincent can help with our comprehensive treatment program for pelvic floor disorders.
Lymphedema is the swelling of part of the body that occurs due to a blockage of the lymphatic system and may be accompanied by pain or discomfort and thickening of the skin. Causes of the blockage may include cancer, surgery, infection, Milroy’s disease and Meige's disease. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, the correct treatment can help manage and minimize your symptoms.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become brittle and weak. This weakening of the bones greatly increases the risk of fracture. It may be caused by a variety of factors including a lack of enough calcium in the diet and hormonal changes. Risk factors for osteoporosis include tobacco use, inactivity, decreased calcium intake and use of some medications, among many others.
These therapies, provided by St. Vincent Physical Therapists, are usually covered by insurance if your plan includes coverage for physical therapy. A physician referral is required. We can assist you with obtaining a referral from your physician if you are having difficulty discussing an issue with them.