Women's health: new physical therapy services introduced at Spaulding Rehabilitation in Sandwich

Spaulding’s Women’s Health Services offer help for incontinence, pelvic pain, osteoporosis

Millions of women suffer from urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine), one of many conditions involving pelvic floor dysfunction.  Women may also experience pelvic pain as a result of childbirth, surgery, injury or sexual abuse.  While up to half these cases are curable with treatment, less than ten percent of women seek medical assistance due to fear, embarrassment or a perceived lack of resources.    To address this need, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod has introduced physical therapy services specific to women’s health at its outpatient centers in Sandwich, Yarmouth and Orleans.

“This is a highly underserved population,” says therapist Lori Finn, PT.  “Too many women with pelvic floor dysfunction wait years before even discussing the problem with their healthcare providers.  We can often help these women in just a few treatment sessions, which is extremely rewarding.”

Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an impairment of the sacroiliac joint, low back, coccyx or hip joint.  According to National Institute of Health, 17-45% of adult women experience urinary incontinence.

SCC’s experienced physical therapists also provide one-on-one care to help women with sacroiliac dysfunction, pre/post-natal musculoskeletal dysfunction, and osteoporosis, a common condition among older women that can go unidentified and untreated for years.

“Our Women’s Health Program provides the Cape community with comprehensive resources and experienced clinicians trained to help with sensitive conditions,” says therapist Stacy Pacuska, PT.  “We are fortunate to have educated, empathetic therapists who work with patients to develop an individualized treatment program utilizing the latest therapies, equipment and exercise techniques to improve their symptoms.”

For information about Spaulding’s Women’s Health Program, contact the SCC outpatient center nearest you:  Spaulding Outpatient Center Sandwich, 311 Service Road at 508 833-4141; Spaulding Outpatient Center Yarmouth, 130 Ansel Hallett Road at 508 771-1300; Spaulding Outpatient Center Orleans, 21 Old Colony Way at 508 240-7203.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod is a member of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and is affiliated with Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals.

Courtesy of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod.

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