Physical Therapy for Women

The women’s health physical therapy program at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center offers private, one-on-one treatment in a supportive environment to help you heal both physically and mentally. At our Physical Therapy Center, we recognize the unique health issues women like you face, and work with you to develop a treatment path that’s guided by personalized care.

The trained therapists at the Physical Therapy Center take a courteous and empathetic approach to your rehabilitation and we encourage you to take an active role in your care as you work side-by-side with your therapist. Treatment programs are private and safe.

Physical therapists have the skills and knowledge needed to treat a variety of medical issues throughout the stages of your life. Whether you’re pregnant, middle-aged or a senior, we tailor our treatment program to fit your needs.

Specific conditions treated at the Physical Therapy Center include:

  • Bowel or bladder incontinence
  • Frequent and urgent urination
  • Constipation or painful bowel movements
  • Dysfunction during urination that may include straining or hesitancy
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic or rectal pain
  • Vulvar pain
  • Tailbone (coccyx) pain
  • Sacral dysfunction or low back pain
  • Vaginismus, or the painful contraction of the vaginal muscles in response to pressure
  • Sexual dysfunction or dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Lymphedema, or swelling in your arms or legs
  • Diastasis recti, or a gap between the two sides of the rectus abdominal muscle that sometimes occurs after pregnancy
  • Peripartum or postpartum musculoskeletal pain, including low back and pelvic pain
  • Pudendal neuralgia, a chronic pain that is often aggravated by sitting
  • Interstital cystitis or painful bladder syndrome

Personalized Treatment and Specialized Support

Therapists will work with you to recommend an individualized treatment plan that suits your needs. You’ll participate in your rehabilitation in a comfortable and private environment so treatment is safe and effective.

Treatment may include:

  • Patient education — specific details on anatomy, treatment options and lifestyle changes to self-manage your symptoms and nutritional information
  • Home exercise program — along with physical therapy, home exercises can speed function recovery
  • Biofeedback — the use of internal or external sensors with the aid of a computer to retrain muscles to relax, improve coordination or become stronger
  • Electrical stimulation — can decrease urinary symptoms or pain
  • Core strengthening — intended to improve postural awareness and decrease workload on pelvic floor
  • Neuromuscular re-education — the process of improving the coordination and relaxation of overworked muscles or build muscle strength
  • Pain management — the use of biofeedback, manual therapy techniques and education to provide a non-pharmaceutical approach to pain control
  • Relaxation training — involves mind and body quieting, deep breathing exercises and guided movement to improve relaxation
  • Therapeutic exercises — focus on improving muscle weakness, overworked muscles and muscular imbalances
  • Joint mobilization and manual therapy — hands-on internal or external techniques to help improve restricted muscles to decrease scarring and spasm

The Physical Therapy Center at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center also has a physical therapist with specialty training focused on the pelvic floor to assist in areas of the pelvis and corresponding bones, muscles and soft tissue.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Lakewood Ranch Physical Therapy Center at 941-306-5856.