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Local Woman Regains new Freedom after Incontinence Treatment with RIC at Silver Cross

Joliet, IL (May 23, 2011) — Have you ever not quite made it to the bathroom in time? If so, you’re not alone. Urinary incontinence affects millions of women in the U.S.  Like many other women nationwide, Joliet resident Anita Matichak, discovered that her urinary incontinence was worsening over the last couple of years. Fortunately, she was able to find simple solutions that greatly improved this problem enabling her to regain her sense of freedom.

As a registered nurse for 21 years, and hearing that female urinary problems at any age are not the norm, she decided to seek treatment in order to improve her quality of life and prevent the condition from getting worse.

To seek treatment, Anita made an appointment with Dr. Sandra Culbertson, an urogynecologist at Silver Cross Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Culbertson designed a treatment plan for Anita that included external estrogen replacement, education on nutrition factors that affect an incontinence condition, and 4 weeks of physical therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital.

“After a mere 4 weeks of physical therapy and following the rest of my treatment plan, I was amazed at how I had more control over my bladder, and it no longer controlled me,” said Matichak. “Dr. Culbertson was very friendly and informative. She took her time explaining how my lifestyle choices could be affecting my incontinence issues.”

“Usually patients don’t realize that drinking caffeinated and carbonated drinks, as well as lack of exercise to keep the pelvic floor strong can greatly affect an incontinence problem,” said Dr. Culbertson. “By making a few adjustments many women can reverse their incontinence condition and regain control of their bladders through a less evasive treatment plan.”

In addition, Matichak also gained a new sense of freedom through the critical exercises she learned from Valerie Paluszak, Senior Outpatient Physical Therapist specializing in Women’s Health from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital. “Valerie was wonderful. She treated me with dignity and provided me with educational materials about exercises that I was able to do at home to improve my bladder control,” said Matichak.

“Anita, like many other women, are unaware how doing simple exercises can greatly improve their bladder health and allow them to live more independently,” said Valerie Paluszak.

Free Lecture
Join Dr. Sandra Culbertson, urogynecologist, for a program titled “Urinary Incontinence: It’s Not “Normal” at Any Age!” on Thursday, June 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence prolapse of the vagina, bladder and/or uterus and other disorders of the pelvic floor. For more information or to register, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit


Unsure if you are at risk for Incontinence & Pelvic Floor Disorders?

Find Out!  Take our Free Incontinence Risk Assessment.

Pelvic floor disorders are problems that affect a woman’s pelvic organs -- the uterus (or womb), vagina, bladder, rectum and the muscles that surround and support them.

The two most common problems are:


•Pelvic Organ Prolapse 


Women with weakness of the pelvic muscles or tears in the connective tissue may begin to have problems controlling their bladder and bowels. They often describe:

•urine leakage (urinary incontinence)

•bowel gas or stool leakage (anal incontinence)

•difficulty emptying their bladder (voiding dysfunction)

•overactive bladder

•or having a bowel movement (constipation).

Some women also feel or see tissue coming out of the opening of their vagina. This can be a prolapsing cervix and uterus or the walls of the vagina.  It is possible to experience one or several of these signs and symptoms of pelvic floor disorders. To take the free Incontinence Risk assessment log onto and click on the risk assessment link on the home page.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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