Women's Therapy Services

Women have unique challenges and symptoms when it comes to “female” pain and discomfort. The staff of Infirmary Therapy Services has a special interest in women’s health, and many have advanced training, making them experts in their field. A specially-trained therapist can address those needs and help women restore their normal functions and ease pain and discomfort. Infirmary Therapy Services includes specially-designed therapies to address the following women’s health issues:

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the accidental leakage of urine. It can happen when you cough or sneeze, or have a sudden urge to go to the bathroom but can’t get there in time. These bladder control problems are very common in women and can occur at any time. If you are experiencing these types of issues, click here to take a quiz to help determine if therapy could be right for you.

Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Pelvic pain can be associated with prolonged sitting, painful intercourse, urination, bowel movements or gynecological examinations. It may include pain in the abdomen, lower back or buttocks. Causes may vary, but can include spasms or weakness of muscles, scar tissue, joint dysfunction or nerve infringement. A thorough assessment by your physician can help determine if physical therapy is necessary.

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a buildup of fluid that causes swelling, most often in the arms or legs. The condition develops when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are missing, impaired, damaged or removed.

In women, this is most common in the upper limbs after breast cancer surgery and lymph node dissection. It may also occur in the lower limbs or groin after surgery or radiation for ovarian or uterine cancer.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis refers to a decrease in bone density which is caused by a loss of calcium from bones. This disorder causes the bones to become weak and prone to fractures.

Physical therapists are trained to help you control pain, instruct you in ways to perform your activities of daily living to prevent back injury and address posture and balance to help prevent falls and fractures in the future.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by widespread pain in the muscles, poor sleep patterns and fatigue. This condition can affect one’s ability to perform normal daily activities. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than men.

Musculoskeletal Dysfunctions

Musculoskeletal dysfunctions can occur at any age, but can become more problematic during and immediately after pregnancy. Symptoms may include lower back or pelvic pain, thoracic and rib cage pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and pelvic ring dysfunction.

Mastectomy Rehabilitation

Recovery from breast surgery can be difficult. We can help you recover safely and quickly. We will provide you with a post-mastectomy rehabilitation program with a focus on decreasing pain, increasing strength and endurance, controlling lymphedema and increasing motion in your shoulder to help you return to your normal daily activities.

We provide treatment techniques tailored to meet each woman’s individual needs. Services include:

  • Electrical Stimulation - Electrical stimulation is the use of electrical current to facilitate muscle contractions. It can help control urinary incontinence and manage pain.
  • Biofeedback - Biofeedback is a training tool used to monitor muscle movements. This tool allows our staff to utilize electrodes that pick up the electrical energy that your muscles produce during a contraction.
  • Ultrasound - Ultrasound is a treatment option that uses sound waves to decrease pain and muscle spasms and increase the circulation.
  • TENS -Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) uses an electric current to decrease pain. This small unit can be worn in public or at home and is generally used in chronic pain situations.

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercises are specific individualized exercises prescribed by your Physical Therapist after a thorough evaluation. These can improve posture, balance, strength, functional deficits, spasms and pain.

Aquatics

The use of a pool to perform therapeutic exercises may be beneficial for a variety of problems. The pool provides support and resistance to joints, often allowing movements that might be difficult on land.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy consists of hands on techniques to address pelvic, spinal extremity dysfunction or asymmetries, muscle spasms or trigger point sensitivity and soft tissue mobilization.

The above therapy services are available at multiple locations in Mobile and Baldwin County. If you have questions about our services and what therapy is right for you, please call the location most convenient to you. To schedule an appointment, a physician referral is required.

Thomas Hospital 251-990-1640
Thomas Medical Center 251-621-6563
ProHealth Fitness Center 251-435-2016

Physicians who would like to schedule an appointment for a patient, please call one of our three convenient locations.