Specialized Women's Health Physical Therapy Services
For Women by Women
What are Specialized Women's Therapies?
St. Mary's 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 pregnancy, menopause, aging, female athletics, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and many other concerns. Care is provided in a place where patients can experience peace, develop balance and find connection, along with other services and programs offered to focus on the renewal of body, mind and spirit.
Women often accept these issues as “normal” and have difficulty talking about them to their families, friends, and even their healthcare providers. With the St. Mary’s 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. We can also assist you with obtaining a referral from your physician if you are having difficulty discussing this issue with them.
Common Problems include, but are not limited to:
- Pelvic Floor Disorders -- These disorders include urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and much more.
- Lymphedema – 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 – 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. Mary's Physical Therapists, are usually covered by insurance if your plan includes coverage for physical therapy. A physician referral is required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Women's Therapy Program at 812.485.5725.