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 Women's Health Rehabilitation

Women's Health Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is dedicated to a woman's total well being. We provide specialized care and physical therapy for bladder control, pelvic pain, pregnancy-related issues and other health conditions unique to women. Our advanced care programs feature physical therapy to help relieve pain, minimize symptoms and improve function related to women's health conditions.

Our Patients

Our comprehensive care programs meet the special health needs of all women – from teenager to young adulthood, and middle age to seniors. We treat the common but uncomfortable conditions that typically affect women:

  • Bladder control
    • Stress incontinence (urine leakage prompted by a physical movement or activity)
    • Urge incontinence (the strong, sudden need to urinate)
  • Pelvic floor pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse/pelvic floor dysfunction (the organs of the pelvic floor (e.g., bladder, uterus) slip downward or prolapse, causing increased pressure on the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments, which become weakened and loose)
  • Pregnancy issues (prepartum and postpartum)
  • Menopause (when menstrual periods permanently stop)
  • Osteoporosis (thinning or loss of bone tissue overtime)
  • Fibromyalgia (chronic condition involving widespread muscle and bone pain)

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country — and the only academic medical center in central Ohio.

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • Our physical therapists are specially trained and certified in managing women's health issues, especially bladder control and pelvic floor problems.
  • We offer innovative techniques such as biofeedback (treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body) and electrical stimulation (applying a low grade electrical current to contract pelvic floor muscles) as a treatment for urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following your physician's referral to the Women's Health Rehabilitation Program, you receive:

  • An initial evaluation
  • Complete assessment of your specific condition
  • Further diagnostic tests, if needed
  • Custom treatment plan designed to strengthen muscles, help relieve or minimize symptoms and restore as much function as possible

Our specialized physical therapy services treat the following conditions:

Bladder control / Incontinence

Nearly 25 million Americans, mostly women, have pelvic floor muscle weakness that can lead to bladder control problems. Our treatment program includes:

  • Physical therapy (helps patients improve strength, mobility and fitness) including pelvic floor exercises
  • Biofeedback (treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body)
  • Electrical stimulation (applying a low grade electrical current to contract pelvic floor muscles)
  • Behavior modification (changing behavior using learning techniques such as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement)

Fibromyalgia

Widespread, chronic muscle and bone pain, plus stiffness, fatigue and anxiety related to fibromyalgia, may be improved with our treatment focusing on:

  • Increasing movement
  • Improving function
  • Improving flexibility and strength
  • Pain-relief options

Osteoporosis

Losing bone density can cause bones to become brittle and break easily. Our treatment focuses on:

  • Posture and strength exercises
  • Body mechanics education
  • Balance training
  • Pain-relief options

Pelvic floor pain and tension

If you have pelvic pain, you may also have pain in your lower abdomen or hips during intercourse or simply from sitting. Pelvic pain is usually caused by problems with pelvic muscles, nerves or joints. We treat pelvic floor problems with:

  • Pelvic floor muscle relaxation
  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Biofeedback (treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body)
  • Pain-relief options

Pelvic organ prolapse / pelvic floor dysfunction

Weakness and looseness of the pelvic floor ligaments and muscles are associated with pelvic organ prolapse. Mild to moderate prolapses can be treated non-surgically. The goal of treatment is to increase strength of the pelvic floor muscles to better support the prolapsed organs. Your treatment may include:

  • Strengthening of the pelvic floor and abdominal stabilizing muscles
  • Biofeedback to increase awareness of proper muscle contraction
  • Electrical stimulation to improve muscle contractions

Perimenopause and menopause

Every woman has her own unique perimenopause and menopause experience, and may face related issues, such as bladder control problems, joint and muscle pain and others. Your treatment may include:

  • Pelvic floor muscle relaxation
  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Biofeedback (treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body)
  • Pain-relief options

Postpartum issues

If you've experienced muscle tears, nerve damage or other delivery-related issues, your treatment may include:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Biofeedback (treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body)
  • Electrical stimulation (applying a low grade electrical current to contract pelvic floor muscles)
  • Superficial and deep muscle exercises

Pregnancy-related pain issues

Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy. Changes in weight, hormones and posture may cause pain in your back, shoulders, ribs, pelvic area or wrists. We treat pregnancy-related pain with:

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Postural strengthening
  • Body mechanics education
  • Pain-relief options

 

Your Treatment Team

Your treatment plan is personalized to meet your specific needs and may include:

  • Physicians (specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with injuries or diseases)
  • Nurses (specialize in patient care, health promotion and disease prevention)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
  • Pain management specialists (specialize in evaluating and treating patients with severe persistent and disabling pain)
  • Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)

Care Location

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend a variety of other rehab services that may include:

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