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A woman’s body undergoes many changes throughout her lifespan and may present unique health care needs. Physical Therapy can be an integral part of women’s healthcare for a variety of medical conditions. The Women’s Health Program, at Allied Rehab in Scranton, provides comprehensive rehab care to women across the life span. A team of physical therapists develop an individual program utilizing the latest technology.
Millions of people everyday are affected by urinary incontinence, but are often too embarrassed to seek treatment. Urinary incontinence is a common problem, but is not a normal part of aging or routine result of childbirth. There are different types of incontinence including the involuntary loss of urine with physical exertion, coughing or sneezing and/or the involuntary loss of urine with a strong desire to void.
While Kegel exercises and/or medications are common treatments of incontinence, Physical Therapy can supplement those treatments by teaching strategies to manage and control symptoms. Biofeedback training, exercises, relaxation techniques and education regarding particular symptoms will allow for regained control of urination.
Fecal incontinence is another condition that can be addressed by the Physical Therapists at Allied Rehab. Fecal incontinence may result from weakened pelvic floor muscles caused by childbirth, aging, and chronic constipation. Using techniques similar to those mentioned above patients can learn to manage the symptoms of fecal incontinence.
At some point in their lives most women experience pelvic pain. Pelvic pain is a general term used to describe debilitating discomfort in the pelvic region. Common symptoms include:
Pain with sexual activities, tampon use, and speculum exams.
Pain in the groin, buttocks, low back, hip, abdomen, and legs.
Difficulty with normal activities such as sitting, rising from a chair, standing or walking.
Difficulty with recreational activities like golfing, walking, jogging or other types of exercise.
Chronic constipation or difficulty with bowel movements.
Urinary urgency, frequency or retention.
Pelvic pain can occur at any time in life, causing significant emotional distress, and adversely affecting quality of life. Dysfunction and pain in the pelvis may have many origins including falls, car accidents or other traumas, childbirth, abdominal or pelvic surgeries, radiation, endometriosis or other diseases, and poor movement patterns or postures. The Women’s Health Program at Allied Rehab can help you manage your pelvic pain, return you to your normal activity, and improve your quality of life through hands-on manual therapy and exercise specifically designed for diagnosis affecting women.
Lymphedema is an excess of fluid that is caused by impairment of the lymphatic system. Typically, this impairment results from lymph node dissection and/or radiation during the treatment of cancer. The excess fluid results in long-term swelling that causes infection, impaired function, poor circulation, pain, and cosmetic deformities. Once established. Lymphedema cannot be cured and without proper treatment will worsen over time causing affected limbs to become hard and non-functional.
While there is no cure for lymphedema, it is a condition that can be managed. The Women’s Health Program at Allied Rehab can help to reverse the effects of the condition and avoid its progression. Physical and Occupational Therapists with specialized training in lymphedema management use lymphatic massage, compression bandaging, and resistive and aerobic exercise. Combine with a detailed home program that includes exercises and bandaging techniques, the program can help to restore affected limbs to their normal shape and size, improve appearance and function, lower risk of infection, and improve quality of life.
Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces bone strength. It can lead to height loss, back, rib, and abdominal pain, and respiratory problems. Osteoporosis can also lead to a fracture, typically wrist, spine or hip. These fractures can produce serious disability. While osteoporosis affects millions of women, the progression of the disease can be addressed.
Once diagnosed, osteoporosis can be addressed. While pharmaceuticals are primarily used to treat the disease, Physical Therapy can play a key role in supplementing drug treatments. By improving posture, strength, range of motion, balance and ability to walk, Physical Therapists can alleviate some of the postural and painful symptoms associated with osteoporosis.
Pregnancy and Post-Partum
Changes occurring to a woman’s body during the childbearing ears challenge the stability and mobility of a woman’s physical structure. The changes may create pain and dysfunctions in the joints and muscles throughout the body, including the back, pelvis, trunk and rib cage. Vaginal births may cause pelvic floor injuries leading to pain and incontinence. Ceasrean births also can cause painful musculoskeletal conditions because of weakened abdominal muscles and scarring. The Women’s Health Program at Allied Rehab can address these issues in a sensitive manner with an individualized program to help women transition through the childbearing year and repare for the physical demands of raising a child.
Computer-assisted pelvic floor strengthening
Kegel exercises can be much more efficient with added resistance. A computer-assisted pelvic floor strengthening device can add progressive dynamic resistance, strengthening and toning these muscles more effectively than one would be able to on their own.
Electrical stimulation is used in the treatment of urinary incontinence. It works by sending subtle electrical currents to nerves in the lower back and pelvic muscles that are involved in urination.
An expert in women’s health at Allied Services will educate the patient in exercises and precautions on managing their condition in-between and post- therapy.
Continuum of Care
To provide the best care possible for patients recovering from a debilitating condition or injury, Allied Services provides a comprehensive, seamless continuum of rehabilitative care. Our outpatient programs are primarily for people living safely at home who have completed or did not require a post-acute inpatient stay, but require additional rehabilitative therapy to alleviate physical limitation or pain.
If a patient suffering from a debilitating condition or injury requires intensive, around-the-clock nursing and/or therapy services, but cannot tolerate or does not require the intensity of therapy delivered during an inpatient rehab hospital stay, or their insurance does not cover inpatient rehabilitation, they would be an appropriate candidate for a transitional or long-term stay at our skilled nursing facility. Conversely, if the patient requires 24-hour care and can tolerate the intensity of a stay at one of our rehabilitation hospitals, they would be best suited for a stay at one of our inpatient facilities.
At Allied Services, patient outcome metrics such as average number of visits, pain reduction, reduced function limitation, and likelyhood of recommending Allied Services to others, are among the best in the United States:
98% of our outpatient population reported that their overall rating of care received was either good or very good.
99% of our outpatient population reported that they would recommend out services to others.
98% of our outpatient population reported that they either had no pain or a decrease in their pain during their treatment.
Our outpatient rehabilitation facilities regularly outperform other outpatient rehabilitation providers nationwide. According to statistics compiled by the Press Ganey, Allied Services’ overall patient satisfaction score ranks in the top 10% of participating outpatient rehabilitation centers in the United States.
Referrals & Insurance
Patients need a prescription from their doctor in order to enroll in the women’s health program at Allied Rehab. Insurance coverage for this program is provided by most health insurance policies. For specific questions on how to obtain a referral or health insurance coverage, please call (570) 348-1360.
Start the referral process by contacting our admissions office. Referrals can be made ONLINE, PHONE, FAX, or EMAIL. Our admissions team can begin the admission process within 24 hours of receiving a referral. We offer this service free of charge and often serve as the referring facility’s primary educator and resource for family services.