Women's Health Services
Through the years, women will likely experience at least one of number of unique conditions. Whether you have osteoporosis, lymphedema or pelvic pain, women of all ages and stages in life will find a comprehensive program of services at Kessler that addresses their individual medical rehabilitation needs.
This highly specialized program offers the diagnosis and treatment of these common conditions, along with education, prevention strategies and support.
Kessler's physical and occupational therapists tailor treatment to individual needs and rehabilitation goals. We work closely with the client and her referring physician to determine the most appropriate course of treatment to help restore strength, optimize function and mobility, and reduce pain.
By integrating evidence-based therapies and advanced technologies, your rehabilitation team will help to optimize your health and well-being. Among the many conditions we treat are:
- Incontinence — Described as a loss of bladder or bowel control resulting in involuntary loss of urine or stool, incontinence is a pelvic floor weakness which causes a loss of muscular support for the bladder, uterus or rectum. Treatment includes electrical stimulation, biofeedback, exercise, and behavioral management.
- Pelvic Floor Tension/Pain — Pelvic floor tension or pain usually occurs in the set group of muscles that support the bladder, uterus, and rectum. Sometimes caused by muscle, nerve or joint problems, patients suffering from this condition may have discomfort when sitting, pain during intercourse, or pain in the hips or lower abdomen. Common rehabilitation techniques include pelvic floor relaxation training, manual therapy, and biofeedback.
- Pre- and Post-Natal Program — During pregnancy, many women may suffer from pain or aching in the back or shoulder blades, rib cage or groin area due to changes in posture, weight, or hormonal changes. In addition, orthopedic problems that begin at this time may persist following pregnancy. Manual therapy, maternity supports, strengthening, and retraining techniques are used in the pre–natal stages. Post–natal rehabilitation includes strengthening and endurance training.
- Osteoporosis — Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thin, brittle and break easily. There are several treatment options to combat this condition including instruction in proper body mechanics, weight bearing strengthening, posture exercises to relieve pain, the fitting of braces or orthotics, and other modalities.
- Lymphedema — Lymphedema is characterized by swelling, primarily in the arms or legs, as a result of an abnormal accumulation of the lymph fluid. It occurs mostly in persons who have had lymph node dissection, radiation therapy, trauma or cancer surgery and can cause infections, severe discomfort and disability. Secondary lymphedema can also occur as a complication of other disorders, such as chronic venous insufficiency. The most beneficial non–invasive treatment for lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP), which includes manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression bandaging and therapeutic exercise to reduce swelling in the affected limb and patient education. Using these methods, Kessler physical therapists, who are CDP/MLD certified, can best help individuals manage these conditions.
- Breast Cancer Recovery — Kessler therapists are specially trained to evaluate the needs of women with breast cancer and to provide customized exercise, treatment, and education programs to optimize recovery. This may involve exercises to increase shoulder range of motion and function, retraining of muscles that have been affected by reconstructive surgery, and the prevention or early detection of lymphedema.
For More Information
For more information about Kessler's Women's Health Services, you can contact one of the following offices: