Women's Health Services

PTS is happy to announce we are now offering Women's Health Services!

What are Women's Health Services you might ask; well here is the short and simple answer. Women's Health PT treats issues with the pelvic floor such as urinary or fecal incontinence as well as pelvic pain issues. Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can decrease or eliminate incontinence and or pelvic pain symptoms. So here is a chance to change your life in 2014 for the better! If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment please call us at 570-622-6648.

Types of Urinary Incontinence:
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Urge Incontinence
  • Mixed Incontinence
  • Functional Incontinence

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Injury or Trauma
  • Surgery in the vagina or rectum
  • Episiotomy (during childbirth)
  • Lack of exercise and lack of use of pelvic floor muscles

How can physical therapy help?
  • Many symptoms of urinary incontinence are caused by pelvic floor muscle weakness and dysfunction, a specially trained Women's Health Physical Therapist is the ideal provider to help you gain control over your symptoms.

Physical Therapy Treatment may include:
  • Patient education on diet and nutrition
    • This will help patient's know what foods/drinks to avoid that may irritate the bladder
  • Advice on hoe to change behaviors that make symptoms worse
  • Techniques to help the patient find th eright muscles (pelvic floor muscles) and learn to use them correctly
  • Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
  • Exercises to stretch and strengthen other important muscles
  • Ways to decrease urinary urge and frequency
  • Biofeedback that shows the patients how the muscles are working
  • Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strength of the muscles

Carolyn Dunkelberger, DPT

What to expect at your first physical therapy visit for urinary incontinence:

At your first visit an in-depth evaluation will be completed. This will include general medical history, a history related to your current condition, and questions regarding your dietary habits. The muscles of your lower extremities will be evaluated and well as your posture to assess for tightness or weakness. The muscles of the pelvis will be assessed to evaluate and determine any weakness and incoordination that may be present and contributing to your incontinence. This may include an external assessment to determine if you can isolate this muscle group and may include internal assessment to determine your strength of these muscles, as well as the anatomical position of your muscles and the organs they support.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about how we can assist you please visit our Contact Us page.