Pelvic Health Program
The pelvic region is one area of the body often overlooked in society. Pain and dysfunction in this area are very limiting to ones ability to enjoy life. Many people are embarrassed by their lack of bladder/bowel control, and do not seek help for their condition. Contrary to popular belief, there is help for these conditions often thought to be a normal part of aging.
More than 13 million people in the United States are estimated to suffer from urinary incontinence, including one in 10 over 65 years old. Urinary incontinence is twice as likely in women as in men. It is estimated that one in four women between the ages of 30 and 59 have experienced urinary incontinence.
Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the passage of urine. Severity ranges from slight leakage to the complete inability to hold any urine. There are two basic types of incontinence. The first, stress incontinence, is the inability to control urine during certain activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercise. The second, urge incontinence, involves a strong sudden need to urinate followed by a musculature contraction and emptying of the bladder.
The ability to hold urine is dependent on one's anatomy, urinary tract health, muscular system of control, psychological well being and physical abilities to respond appropriately to the need to urinate. Any one or more of these systems, working incorrectly, can cause one to become incontinent. The goals of a urinary incontinence program include improving one's ability to recognize and control the flow of urine through awareness of and strengthening of the urinary tract musculature and to improve the ability to turn on and turn off the urine stream, thus controlling when urination occurs.
- Pelvic Pain
As in any other area of the body, pelvic pain can be the result of musculoskeletal conditions arising from dysfunctions in the muscles, ligaments and other structures of the pelvic region. Musculoskeletal pain in the pelvic region, as in any other area of the body, is treatable. You do not have to endure pain during activities of daily living.
- Physical Therapy
The Pelvic Health program at Eisenhower Medical Center employs physical therapists specially trained to treat bladder/bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, and other dysfunctions of the pelvic region. Using the latest technology available and working closely with your physician, your therapist will first evaluate the anatomy and functioning of your pelvic region, then develop an individualized, goal-oriented treatment plan, providing expert instruction in techniques specifically designed to target your specific needs. The ultimate goal of all the treatment programs at Eisenhower Medical Center is the restoration of normal function.
The Pelvic Health program at Eisenhower is offered in the Dolores Hope Outpatient Care Center. A physician's prescription with a diagnosis is required. An initial appointment can be made by calling or walking in to the department. If faxing the prescription, please include the patient's telephone number so that an appointment may be scheduled. Following the initial evaluation by a licensed therapist, additional appointments will be made based on medical necessity. Treatment here at Eisenhower Medical Center's Rehabilitation Services Department is covered by most insurances.
Questions can be answered by calling 760-773-2033.