Women's Health

Physical Therapy for Women’s Health Issues

Certain health issues are uniquely or predominately associated with women, including pregnancy, osteoporosis, pelvic floor dysfunction, and some gender-specific cancers. Rusk's Physical Therapy Department has a number of outpatient programs for women that are designed exclusively to address these concerns. Each program begins with a comprehensive and thorough evaluation, after which an individualized treatment program is developed by a physical therapist specially trained in these rehabilitation services. To learn more about our specific women’s health programs, click on the links below.

Learn more about the Rusk’s Women’s Health Rehabilitation Program.

Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Program

Women undergo many musculoskeletal, physiological, and emotional changes during and after pregnancy. These changes can occasionally lead to neck pain, low back pain, pelvic pain, joint discomfort, or incontinence, creating a special need for therapeutic exercise. Rusk Rehabilitation's Women’s Health division has developed a program of gentle, safe manual therapy and exercises designed to address and relieve these pregnancy-related changes. Our prenatal/postpartum exercise program starts with a comprehensive and thorough evaluation, after which an individualized treatment program will be developed by one of our specially trained physical therapists. This program may include:

  • Postural awareness training thatfocuses on safe and proper body mechanics while caring for your newborn
  • Flexibility and strength training to meet your specific musculoskeletal needs
  • Treatment of orthopedic dysfunctions to alleviate any specific aches and pains related to your pregnancy or delivery
  • Aerobic exercise for overall cardiovascular health and endurance, enabling you to keep up with the new demands of motherhood and regain your pre-pregnancy fitness level
  • Bladder management techniques to address any incontinence and/or pelvic floor pain or weakness you may be experiencing

Download a referral form for Rusk’s Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Program

Osteoporosis Exercise Program

Osteoporosis is a disorder in which bones become increasingly porous and brittle, making them more prone to fracture. The most common locations for osteoporosis-related fractures are the hip, wrist, and spine, but the ribs, pelvis, and upper arms are also vulnerable. While the condition can affect both sexes, about 80 percent of osteoporosis cases occur in women. When you are referred to Rusk Rehabilitation’s osteoporosis program, you’ll receive a comprehensive evaluation, after which our specially trained physical therapists will develop a safe and effective exercise program customized to your specific condition. This program may include:

  • Postural awareness training, focused on teaching safe and proper body mechanics in order to decrease risk of injury during everyday activities
  • Weight-bearing exercises to improve and maintain bone density
  • Resistance training to improve muscle strength and strengthen bones
  • Flexibility training that focuses on promoting an upright posture in order to benefit breathing, mobility, and appearance
  • Fall prevention, involving education on how to enhance your safety at home and in the community and minimize your risk of falling

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

Many women suffer from one of several conditions involving dysfunction of the pelvic floor—a group of supportive muscles at the base of the pelvis. One of the most common of these conditions is urinary incontinence (UI)—a tendency to urinate accidentally, that may also involve an urgent or frequent need to urinate. While UI occurs in many women, it is never normal, even during the natural course of pregnancy and childbirth (including multiple vaginal deliveries), menopause, or aging. Many women also experience pelvic pain related to pelvic floor dysfunction, which may be the result of surgery, injury, labor and delivery, or sexual abuse.

If you’re experiencing symptoms related to pelvic floor dysfunction, you’ll need to discuss your condition with your doctor. Once the specific nature of your problem has been diagnosed, the Rusk Rehabilitation's specially trained women’s health physical therapists can provide a comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment program designed to address your symptoms and their underlying causes. This program may include:

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises that focus on muscle awareness, retraining, and coordination, with the aim of decreasing the frequency and/or severity of your urinary incontinence
  • Manual therapy to address any misalignment and lack of muscle tone in your pelvic floor and the muscles surrounding it
  • Patient education on pelvic floor function and self-management strategies, including bladder training to restore normal bladder function as well as relaxation techniques
  • Therapeutic modalities to improve muscle tone in your pelvic floor, inhibit abnormal bladder contraction, and decrease pain

Download a referral form for Rusk’s Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy program.