St. Vincent provides specialized therapies for women by women. Specialized women’s therapies cover a range of physical therapy options that focus on issues and disorders unique to females throughout the life cycle.
Women's health therapists are trained to identify, assess and treat disorders that may arise in association with:
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Women's Therapy Program at (812) 469-8170
Women often accept health issues as "normal" and have difficulty talking about them to their families, friends, and even their healthcare providers. With St. Vincent Women's Therapy Program, our physical therapists are able to provide these specialized services in a comforting, peaceful, private and relaxing environment that lends itself to meeting the individualized needs of women.
Just like we have muscles in our arms & legs, we have muscles in our pelvic area — the pelvic floor — that perform very important functions. Most of our major organs are supported by these muscles — so they obviously have a big job to do. Sometimes, these muscles are weakened or don’t function properly, causing urinary incontinency, pelvic pain or other issues
Lymphedema is the swelling of part of the body that occurs due to a blockage of the lymphatic system and may be accompanied by pain or discomfort and thickening of the skin. Causes of the blockage may include cancer, surgery, infection, Milroy’s disease and Meige's disease. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, the correct treatment can help manage and minimize your symptoms.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become brittle and weak. This weakening of the bones greatly increases the risk of fracture. It may be caused by a variety of factors including a lack of enough calcium in the diet and hormonal changes. Risk factors for osteoporosis include tobacco use, inactivity, decreased calcium intake and use of some medications, among many others.
These therapies, provided by St. Vincent Physical Therapists, are usually covered by insurance if your plan includes coverage for physical therapy. A physician referral is required. We can assist you with obtaining a referral from your physician if you are having difficulty discussing an issue with them.
While many of us focus attention on the muscles in our arms, legs or abs during workouts, we rarely pay attention to the very important pelvic floor muscles. Sometimes, we think we know what exercises can help improve these conditions, but, if we are doing them wrong or not using the right technique for our condition, we may be doing more harm than good.
St. Vincent is pleased to offer a Women's Therapy program dedicated to caring for women experiencing pain or dysfunction associated with a pelvic floor disorder. Care is provided in a private environment where patients can feel comfortable and safe, experience peace and focus on the renewal of body, mind and spirit.
Just like we have muscles in our arms & legs, we have muscles in our pelvic area - the pelvic floor - that perform very important functions. Most of our major organs are supported by these muscles - so they obviously have a big job to do. Sometimes, these muscles are weakened or don't function properly, which can result in symptoms like:
Loss of bladder control - Urinary incontinence is classified as the leakage of urine from the bladder. The amount of leakage may be large or small and may happen frequently or infrequently. There are also many different reasons for leakage, which include, but are not limited to, dietary factors, changes with aging, and pregnancy. Leakage may also be associated with the urge to urinate, laughing, coughing, sneezing, sudden movements, or exercise.
Chronic pelvic pain - Pelvic pain includes pain in and around the female genital organs, pain with intercourse or menstruation, pain of the coccyx or tailbone, and pain of internal structures such as the bladder. Causes of pelvic pain include, but are not limited to, increased or decreased mobility of the joints and soft tissues of the pelvis, traumatic accidents, pregnancy, childbirth, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and sexual abuse.
Painful intercourse - Vaginismus is vaginal tightness causing discomfort, burning, pain, penetration problems or complete inability to have intercourse.
Chronic constipation - Failure of the pelvic floor and anal muscles to relax during straining can cause chronic constipation.
The uncomfortable feeling that our 'insides are falling out' - A prolapse can be described as a descent or "falling out" of the uterus, bladder or colon. There are various stages or degrees of prolapse, and it may or may not be associated with symptoms of urinary incontinence. Genetics, activity level, pregnancy, weight, and muscle strength can all play a role in the occurrence of a prolapse. Mild to moderate degrees of prolapse can often be treated with physical therapy alone, and physical therapy treatment pre and post-surgical intervention may help to improve long term outcomes.
I'm a healthy, active woman - I shouldn't have this problem. We totally understand this feeling. But, many things outside of our general health & wellness can cause pelvic floor disorders, including:
You are more at risk for a Pelvic Floor Disorder if you:
This is where we start. We’ll schedule a 90-minute evaluation with one of our specialized physical therapists where we discuss your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment - from women’s physical therapy to other methods of treatment. Many women are surprised to learn they can be helped through non-surgical solutions, including:
If during your evaluation, we determine that minimally invasive surgery is required to remove a growth, cyst or tumor that is causing your symptoms, St. Vincent has an extensive network of gynecologic surgeons who utilize the latest minimally invasive techniques that will have you back on your feet quickly, so that you can get back to living your life. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Surgery.