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Physical Therapy Treatments

What you need to know...

URINARY INCONTINENCE and urgency frequency is suffered by 35 million Americans and research supports it is easily treatable by physical therapy. Whether it is urge, stress or mixed incontinence or even a result a prostatectomy, it should not be left untreated. Treatment entails biofeedback, core stabilization, bladder retraining and a simple home program.

BOWEL problems are often treated by physical therapy which assists in regaining control, restoring regularity and comfort. Techniques may include pelvic floor retraining, flexibility, abdominal massaging, general fitness, hydration and nutrition education.

PELVIC PAIN conditions are frequently under reported yet easily managed through physical therapy. Pain may contribute to difficulty with sexual activity, sitting, exercise or wearing fitted clothing. Research supports specialized massage techniques, physiological quieting, flexibility and education, symptoms may be relieved.

OSTEOPOROSIS is suffered by over 10 million Americans and threatens 34 million. Exercise is the number one treatment approach to prevent and manage symptoms associated with osteoporosis. Through postural and balance training, and development of a customized exercise program physical therapy will help you walk tall

POST OPERATIVE CARE for hysterectomy, and any type of abdominal or pelvic surgery will benefit from physical therapy. Manual therapy will alleviate discomfort and improve scar mobility. Range of motion, posture, mobility/flexibility and daily function can easily be restored.

PELVIC ORGAN SUPPORT problems present as pressure or pain in the vaginal or rectal region. Options vary from internal support (pessary), surgery or physical therapy. Specific exercise and positioning techniques can reduce pelvic organ descent. It can also minimize the use of pessaries, and improve surgically corrected outcomes.

PREGNANCY and POSTPARTUM conditions may include, back and sacral pain, pubic symphisis separation, separation of abdominal muscles, and perineal or vaginal pain. Physical therapy eases discomforts of pregnancy and progresses return to pre-pregnancy state.

CANCER REHABILITATION improves strength and mobility. Returning to fitness boosts energy, promotes health and eases discomforts. Vaginal and rectal pain, alterations in bladder and bowel function can result from radiation treatments. Rehabilitation for breast surgery and radiation treatments will promote full return of mobility and posture and prevent functional limitations and development of lymphedema.

MEN frequently encounter similar symptoms as women and are also easily treatable. Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, prostatectomy, bladder cancer, hemrhoidectomy, colorectal cancer and bowel resections will benefit from therapy.

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