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CMC-Union Introduces New Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program
Carolinas Medical Center-Union now offers a therapy program designed to provide relief for women suffering from urinary incontinence and/or pelvic pain experienced during pregnancy or postpartum. As part of its Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program, specially trained physical therapists at CMC-Union work with a patient’s physician to design an individualized treatment program to address a patient’s symptoms and strengthen their pelvic muscles.
“Many women don’t seek help for urinary incontinence or pelvic pain because they believe the issue is part of the natural aging process or an irreversible result of pregnancy,” said Trista Fusco, director of Rehabilitative Services at CMC-Union. “The truth is that you don’t have to live with these conditions and that most cases can be treated.”
Each patient’s physician will perform a complete examination to determine the specific nature of the patient’s problem. If therapy is suggested, a therapist at CMC-Union will then provide a comprehensive evaluation and design an individualized treatment plan that may include:
• Pelvic floor exercises – Prescribed to strengthen and retrain muscles with the aim of decreasing or eliminating symptoms.
• Biofeedback – Used to increase muscle activity and control of the pelvic floor muscles as well as train the pelvic floor muscles to relax.
• Electrical stimulation – A painless treatment option used to relieve or help pelvic floor muscles work properly.
• Patient education – Comprehensive home exercise programs as prescribed, bladder diaries are given if appropriate, and information regarding pelvic anatomy and specific disorders are discussed.
• Manual therapy – Used to address any pelvic malalignment and treat soft tissue restrictions in the pelvic floor and the muscles surrounding it.
“A treatment plan many times consists of one treatment per week, for four to six weeks, depending on the patient’s condition,” explained Fusco. “Our treatment plans are customized to meet each patient’s unique needs, with the goal of returning them to a higher quality of life.”
Over the next several months, CMC-Union expects to expand its Pelvic Health Rehab Program to include services for both men and women suffering from urinary or fecal incontinence and pelvic pain disorders.
A physician referral for evaluation and treatment is required prior to scheduling an appointment for pelvic health rehabilitation. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 704-283-3277.