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Women's Health Physical Therapy Program

From carrying your first child to entering menopause, the needs of every woman, no matter what stage of life, vary greatly. Due to the wide range of conditions that can encompass women’s health, our physical therapy program focuses on individual treatments for your current life stage and needs.

Life Stages for Women’s Rehab

At UPMC Centers for Rehab Services we have designed a specialized physical therapy program to meet the unique needs of women throughout each phase of their lives. These phases include:

We are here to answer any questions you may have about your condition. Helping you understand your specialized therapy program is part of our mission. We strive to be efficient and want to provide you with the necessary education to aid in your recovery.

Women’s Rehab Treatment Specialties

Our Women’s Health Physical Therapy program specializes in numerous treatments for a variety of conditions that specifically effect women.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Pelvic Pain

Pelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a variety of conditions that result from weakened pelvic muscles. Conditions and symptoms include urinary or fecal incontinence, pain or dysfunction with intercourse, infection, and increased sensitivity of the tissues surrounding the pelvic muscles. Physical therapy treatment for pelvic pain include exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles, massage, and relaxation techniques.

Urinary and Fecal Incontinence

Two common types of incontinence treated by physical therapy are:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Stress incontinence

Urinary incontinence specifies when you lose control of your bladder and leak urine, while stress incontinence is due to sudden pressure on the pelvic muscles. Fecal incontinence is the loss of control over bowel movements.

Exercises to regain control over incontinence involve strengthening your pelvic muscles and retraining your bladder. At times, to treat incontinence in addition to pelvic floor dysfunction, your therapist may utilize biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback is a mental technique that can help you control involuntary physical functions.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become more fragile. As the bones weaken, the risk for fracture and other injuries increase. Women either over the age of fifty or pre/post-menopause are more likely to develop osteoporosis due to low and changing hormone levels. Physical therapy treatments often include preventative and safety exercises to reduce the risk of fracture while performing daily activities.

Pre and Post-Natal Conditions

During pregnancy lower back pain is common due to carrying extra weight and a decline in posture.

After your body undergoes the stress of childbirth, you may develop uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Incontinence
  • Prolapse
  • Pelvic pain

Though a natural process, scarring from a C-section or other incision sites can also contribute to chronic pain.

Physical therapy helps to identify and implement treatment for the variety of symptoms and conditions that can arise both during and after childbirth. Treatments include stretching and strengthening, and self-education for at-home exercises.

Other conditions treated by therapy include:

Locations for Women's Rehabilitation

Beaver
724-728-4545
CRS Beaver
550 Corporation Street
Beaver, PA 15009

Butler - North Main
724-285-5546
1615 B North Main Street Ext.
Butler, PA 16001

Castle Shannon
412-854-5077
3754 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Chapel Harbor
412-781-0602
CRS-UPMC St. Margaret
Park Place at Chapel Harbor, Suite 200
300 Chapel Harbor Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Cranberry Township
724-720-3050
UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
8000 Cranberry Springs Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Delmont
724-468-4541
Salem Place, Suite 100
6530 Route 22
Delmont, PA 15626

Erie - West 26th St.
814-452-4447
West 26th Street
1325 West 26th Street
Erie, PA 16508

Gibsonia
724-449-2100
Northtowne Square
5600 William Flynn Highway
Gibsonia, PA 15044

Greenville
724-588-3001
26 Conneaut Lake Road
Greenville, PA 16125

Hermitage
724-347-6660
Hermitage Crossing
1115 N. Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA 16148

McCandless
412-630-9750
9365 McKnight Road,
Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Monroeville
412-692-9423
Corporate One Office Park
Building One, Suite 200
4055 Monroeville Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146

Moon Township
412-269-7062
UPMC West
1600 Coraopolis Heights Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108

New Castle - Nesbitt Place
724-658-2801
26 Nesbitt Road, Suite 153
New Castle, PA 16105
North Strabane
724-229-5260
UPMC of Washington Meadowpointe
470 Johnson Road, Suite 110
Washington, PA 15301

Oakland Centers for Rehab Services
412-692-4305
Kaufmann Medical Building, Suite 1201
3471 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Slippery Rock - Kelly Blvd.
724-794-3315
563 Kelly Blvd.
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

South Hills
412-851-8850
UPMC South Hills, Suite 1400
1300 Oxford Drive
Bethel Park, PA 15102

Squirrel Hill
412-422-4775
2345 Murray Ave., Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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