Ohio State offers rehabilitation services especially designed for women.

Women's Health Rehabilitation at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is dedicated to a woman's total well-being. We provide specialized care and physical therapy for health conditions unique to women. These include help with bladder control, pelvic pain, pregnancy-related issues and others conditions affected by menopause. Our advanced care programs feature physical therapy to help relieve pain, minimize symptoms and improve function and quality of life.

Our Patients

Our comprehensive care programs focus on the special health needs of all women. Women often seek rehabilitative help for these conditions:

  • Bladder control, including stress incontinence (urine leakage prompted by activity) and urge incontinence (strong, sudden need to urinate)
  • Pelvic floor pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse/pelvic floor dysfunction (weakening of the pelvic floor and downward movement of the bladder and uterus)
  • Pregnancy issues, before and after delivery
  • Menopausal effects from changing hormones as menstruation stops
  • Osteoporosis (change in bone tissue brought on by disease, medications or age)
  • Fibromyalgia (a chronic condition involving widespread muscle and bone pain)

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Ohio State offers comprehensive care for women’s unique health issues. Here’s why women choose Ohio State for rehabilitative care:

Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals. We will help you learn the skills and techniques you need to improve your abilities at work, home and social settings.

Unique Services: Our physical therapists are specially trained and certified in managing women's health issues, especially bladder control and pelvic floor conditions. Ohio State offers innovative treatments for urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. These include biofeedback (patient learns control techniques based upon the body’s own signals) and electrical stimulation (low-grade current to contract pelvic floor muscles).

Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognizes our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques, and innovative care backed by research knowledge. 



Our Services

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following your physician's referral to the Women's Health Rehabilitation Program, you receive:

  • An initial evaluation
  • Complete assessment of your specific condition
  • Further diagnostic tests, if needed
  • Custom treatment plan designed to strengthen muscles, help relieve or minimize symptoms and restore as much function as possible

Ohio State’s specialized physical therapy services treat many health conditions that affect women:

Bladder Control/Incontinence

Nearly 25 million Americans, mostly women, have pelvic floor muscle weakness that can lead to bladder control problems. Our treatment program includes:

  • Physical therapy to help patients improve strength, mobility and fitness, including pelvic floor exercises
  • Biofeedback, a treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body
  • Electrical stimulation, applying a low grade electrical current to contract pelvic floor muscles
  • Behavior modification to change behavior using learning techniques such as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement

Fibromyalgia

Your widespread, chronic muscle and bone pain, stiffness, fatigue and anxiety related to fibromyalgia, may be improved with our treatment focusing on:

  • Increasing movement
  • Improving function
  • Improving flexibility and strength
  • Pain-relief options


Osteoporosis

Losing bone density can cause your bones to become brittle and break easily. Our treatment focuses on:

  • Posture and strength exercises
  • Body mechanics education
  • Balance training
  • Pain-relief options


Pelvic Floor Pain and Tension

If you have pelvic pain, you may also have pain in your lower abdomen or hips during intercourse or simply from sitting. Pelvic pain is usually caused by problems with pelvic muscles, nerves or joints. We treat pelvic floor problems with:

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Biofeedback, a treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body
  • Pain-relief options


Pelvic Organ Prolapsed/Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Weakness and looseness of the pelvic floor ligaments and muscles are associated with pelvic organ prolapse. Mild to moderate prolapses can be treated non-surgically. The goal of treatment is to increase strength of your pelvic floor muscles to better support the prolapsed organs. We may focus on:

  • Strengthening of the pelvic floor and abdominal stabilizing muscles
  • Biofeedback to increase awareness of proper muscle contraction
  • Electrical stimulation to improve muscle contractions


Perimenopause and Menopause

Every woman has her own unique perimenopause and menopause experience, and may face related issues, such as bladder control problems, joint and muscle pain and others. Your treatment may include:

  • Pelvic floor muscle relaxation
  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Biofeedback, a treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body
  • Pain-relief options


Postpartum Issues

If you've experienced muscle tears, nerve damage or other delivery-related issues, we may focus treatment on:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Biofeedback, a treatment technique to improve health using signals from the body
  • Electrical stimulation, applying a low grade electrical current to contract pelvic floor muscles
  • Superficial and deep muscle exercises


Pregnancy-Related Pain Issues

Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy. Changes in weight, hormones and posture may cause pain in your back, shoulders, ribs, pelvic area or wrists. We treat pregnancy-related pain with:

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Postural strengthening
  • Body mechanics education
  • Pain-relief options


Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan is created by our expert team of specialists to meet your specific needs and may include:

  • Physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with injuries or diseases
  • Nurses who specialize in patient care, health promotion and disease prevention
  • Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility
  • Pain management specialists who specialize in evaluating and treating patients with severe persistent and disabling pain
  • Social workers who specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients

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