Physical Therapy for Women
The power for healing is often found within, and that’s what the UP Health System - Portage Rehab team will work with you to find as part of our Women’s Health Physical Therapy Program.
Physical therapy might be at the top of your mind after a broken leg or sore shoulder, but it’s also a powerful tool in women’s health, especially for those dealing with urinary incontinence, cervical or rectal prolapse, pelvic pain, lower-back pain or sexual dysfunction.
A specially trained UP Health System - Portage physical therapist will help patients strengthen the pelvic floor through a variety of exercises that go beyond the basic kegel exercises. These exercises are done at rehab appointments and also include specially instructed between-appointment at-home activities.
For some women the idea of surgery or medications isn’t the most comforting thought. That’s why Portage Health is proud to offer this non-surgical, non-medication-based approach. Our women’s health physical therapy program combines advanced medical technology and exercise regimens to work with you privately and non-invasively to control your condition.
The solutions UP Health System - Portage Rehab has for you are scientifically proven to have lasting and meaningful results. Research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases amongst many other groups has proven the value of physical therapy, and our specially trained staff is here for you, bringing this higher level of care to the Copper Country.
- Learn more about the topic from the American Physical Therapy Association (link to the APTA section on Women's Health) (link broken)
- Information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Focused Treatment For
Do you sometimes have a urine leak when you cough, laugh, exercise or sneeze? If so, you may have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Stress urinary incontinence may occur when the structures that help hold urine in your bladder become weak. Scientific evidence has proven physical therapy is often the best remedy for SUI.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Do you have a feeling of pressure or fullness in your pelvis? Are you having problems with passing urine or bowel movements? It could be prolapse of a pelvic organ. Prolapse is when one or more of the organs inside the pelvis (found between the waist and thighs) slip from their normal positions. Modern physical therapy methodology may be the natural cure you’re looking for.
Suffering from regular lower-back pain can be a sign of a bigger problem. Many of these issues are especially common for women after childbirth, of older age or who are overweight.
Any discomfort of the pelvic region is a red flag for potentially bigger issues, and something that should be looked into.
Discomfort during intimacy could indicate a larger health setback. Our women’s health physical therapy team can help you work through many forms of discomfort.
Please contact the UP Health System - Portage Women’s Health Rehab Team by calling 906.483.1888 or 906.483.1750.
Physical Therapist, Stephanie Bustos, addresses women's health issues:
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