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Women's Health Rehabilitation Services

To meet the challenges and demands of everyday life, today's woman must be proactive in all aspects of her life.

This is especially important when it comes to making health choices. Southcoast Rehab Services recognizes the unique health needs of women and is committed to providing highly skilled and personalized services that will meet a women's health needs throughout the lifecycle: from teenager to young adulthood, from wife to family supporter and from middle age to senior citizenship.

Our women's rehab physical therapist has specialized training in women's health and is therefore able to offer expert care while working in close collaboration with other members of the health care team.

Women's health problems that may benefit from physical therapy may include:

  • Urinary Incontinence: Urinary Incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine that may occur with coughing, sneezing, or a strong sudden urge to urinate. Urinary incontinence can affect women of all ages and should not be accepted as a normal part of growing older. The physical therapy program helps to strengthen weak muscles and retrain the bladder. Treatment may include exercise, biofeedback, and learning ways to use muscles correctly in everyday activities.

  • Pelvic Pain Disorders: Some women suffer with pelvic pain and tension conditions that greatly interfere with normal daily activities. The pain in these conditions may be felt in the vaginal/rectal region, the lower abdomen, or pelvis. The women's rehab physical therapist will identify the special care that is needed, using treatment that may include pelvic floor relaxation techniques, manual therapy, biofeedback, and other special techniques.

  • After Breast Surgery: Following breast surgery, women may experience difficulty with stiffness of the shoulder or neck, pain, or arm swelling. The women's rehab physical therapist provides the expertise and guidance to restore movement and the ability to return to work and home activity. The treatment approach may include exercise, manual techniques, and education regarding skin care and precautions.

  • Lymphedema: Lymphedema is a persistent swelling of the arm or leg. It may occur after surgery when lymph nodes are removed, such as after breast surgery. The women's rehab physical therapist provides specialized treatment with lymph drainage massage, custom-made compression bandages, exercise and education.

  • Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a condition in which there is a loss of bone density, causing the bones to become weakened and fragile. Physical therapy may include a program of therapeutic exercise, postural exercise, and education to prevent falls and improve safety.

  • Musculoskeletal Pain During Pregnancy: Some women may have problems during pregnancy with pain in the lower or upper back, ribs, hip or groin area. The women's rehab physical therapist will identify the best treatment while considering the special precautions needed during the pregnancy period. Treatment may include exercise, manual therapy, instruction in body mechanics, and modified posture for work or home activity.

Contact Us

    Don't let any of these issues affect your daily life. Ask your physician for a Referral to Women's Rehabilitation at Southcoast Rehabilitation Services.

    To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the Women's Center at 508-998-0620.

    Center for Women's Health
    300 B Faunce Corner Road
    North Dartmouth, MA 02747
    508-910-3434 or 508-995-5345

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