Women's Health Rehabilitation
Medical literature strongly supports the idea that men and women are very different in many aspects of their health, and require specialized treatment approaches for problems related to differences in anatomy and natural biologic changes. The Rusk Women’s Health Rehabilitation program was developed to address conditions and issues that uniquely affect women, and that traditionally have been overlooked. Conditions we treat include:
- pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and pain
- urinary incontinence (frequency or urgency)
- bowel incontinence or constipation
- sexual dysfunction and discomfort
- cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema
- muscle weakness
- prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal conditions
- lower back pain (including related groin and hip issues)
- osteoporosis and bone health
Our program offers a specialized clinical expertise that improves outcomes by integrating the unique aspects of women’s physiology into the way we diagnose and treat patients. Guided by the Rusk philosophy of patient-centered care—based on the belief that medical care works best when it is personalized to each patient and their particular situation—the women’s health rehabilitation team provides individualized treatment plans in a supportive, empathetic environment that promotes positive outcomes. This patient-centered approach, in which the patient is a key member of the treatment team, maximizes our ability to help patients resume their normal activities, achieve their full functional abilities, and live the life they deserve.
Read the story of a patient who has gone through Rusk's Women's Health Rehabilitation Program.
Expert Physicians in Women’s Health Rehabilitation
Each patient’s treatment is guided and coordinated by a physiatrist (rehabilitation physician) from the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in women’s health rehabilitation. Our physiatrists start by providing comprehensive musculoskeletal and rehabilitative assessments for women of all ages and at all stages of life. They will then prescribe and oversee a treatment plan based on the specific needs and goals of each patient. Learn more about the physicians in our Women’s Health Rehabilitation program:
Outpatient Women’s Health Rehabilitation Programs
The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine offers an extensive range of outpatient programs designed to help our clients progress towards their functional goals. In order to achieve these individual goals, clients and their therapists work together to improve strength and coordination while increasing activity levels and decreasing pain.
Depending on the patient’s needs, the following departments may be involved in providing specialized outpatient women’s health services:
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation provides access to the services of physicians who specialize in the area of women’s health.
- Physical Therapy services are provided under the care of licensed physical therapists with specialized training in the treatment of women’s health conditions, including pelvic floor therapy and lymphadema techniques. The staff includes therapists certified as Women’s Health Clinical Specialists by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
- Occupational Therapy services are provided under the care of licensed occupational therapists with extensive experience in treating patients as part of the Women’s Health Rehabilitation program.
- Social Work
All members of the women’s health rehabilitation team have specialized training and are experts in the assessment and care of women.