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Specialized Therapies

The outpatient rehabilitation department at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center offers specialized therapies to help men and women with conditions such as pelvic floor disorders and chronic pelvic pain, lymphedema and incontinence. They can also assist in recovery after breast or abdominal surgery and provide guidance on pregnancy and post-partum exercise.

Pelvic Floor Disorders and Chronic Pelvic Pain
Conditions such as endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, chronic prostatitis, menopause and vulvodynia are related to pelvic muscle dysfunction. Physical therapists can help you learn how to properly use your pelvic floor muscles, providing core stability and support for your bladder, uterus and rectum, as well as enhancing sexual function. Therapy often includes:

  • Biofeedback or neuromuscular re-education
  • Strengthening, relaxation and coordination training of the pelvic floor muscles and other core stabilizers
  • Manual therapy for correction of pelvic asymmetry or malalignment and soft tissue and scar mobilization
  • Education on body mechanics and posturing for daily activities
  • Pain management techniques

Lymphedema occurs when the lymph vessels that drain fluid from your body’s tissues become blocked and cause swelling. It is usually caused by enlarged or removed lymph nodes and often occurs after the breast and nearby lymph tissue are removed during breast cancer surgery.

Our physical and occupational therapists are trained in lymphedema management and can help patients learn to treat swelling through complete decongestive therapy, which includes:

  • Lymph drainage massage or manual lymph drainage
  • Education on skin care and exercise
  • Compression bandaging treatment and education

Recovery after Breast or Abdominal Surgery
Our physical and occupational therapists assist patients recovering from all types of breast and abdominal surgeries. They provide:

  • Scar mobilization and education on self-massage
  • Education on proper posturing and body mechanics for reaching, sleeping and other activities
  • Instruction on safe exercise to restore arm and trunk motions, including instruction for returning to abdominal strengthening
  • Education on lymphedema prevention or management

Incontinence Therapies
Incontinence refers to the loss of urinary or bowel control. It can affect people of all ages. Incontinence can be difficult to confront and discuss, but it’s a common condition and can usually be treated successfully with conservative management.

Our incontinence therapy approach focuses on strengthening pelvic floor muscles or improving your muscle relaxation to enhance continence. Our therapists can treat stress, urge or mixed urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence with:

  • Education on proper voiding habits, diet and exercise
  • Biofeedback or neuromuscular re-education
  • Instructions on proper strengthening, relaxation and coordination of the pelvic floor and other core muscles

Pregnancy and Post-Partum Exercise
Pregnancy brings about many changes for a woman’s body. Our physical and occupational therapists will teach you proper exercises for every stage of the process, from pre-pregnancy to post-partum. These exercises aim to help you prevent problems such as:

  • Back, pelvic and sacral or coccyx pain
  • Increased swelling in the pelvic area, hands or legs and feet
  • Carpal tunnel pain
  • Episiotomy, tearing or cesarean scarring
  • Sacro-iliac dysfunction
  • Decreased movement or pain with daily activities
  • Abdominal weakness and diastasis rectus abdominis

Make an Appointment
To learn more or make an appointment with one of the rehabilitation physicians, physical or occupational therapists, audiologists or speech-language pathologists at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, call 773.296.7450.

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