Postnatal Physical Therapy Screenings
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital offers free screenings for women six weeks to one-year post-childbirth.
Location: Silver Cross Health Center
12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen, IL
During the 15-minute screening, the new mom’s birthing history and current problems will be reviewed. Posture, core and pelvic strength will be screened.
Women who have any of the following common postpartum complaints should be screened.
- Pelvic pain: This could be pain during intercourse, when urinating or defecating, or at rest. Pelvic pain can become chronic if left untreated.
- Urinary incontinence: It is common after childbirth to have a sudden urge to urinate or leak urine when exercising, laughing or sneezing.
- Perineal pain: Pain in the area between the vagina and anus is common among women who had an episiotomy or tearing during their birth. Some women also need help healing the scars from cesarean section.
- Fecal incontinence: Many women have trouble controlling bowel movements after having a baby.
- Pelvic organ prolapse: The uterus can slip out of place because of pressure on weak pelvic floor muscles during the birth.
- Separation of the abdominal muscles: The growing baby puts pressure on the abdominal muscles which may cause them to stretch and sometimes separate during pregnancy.
As a result of the screening, if therapy is recommended, treatment will be adjusted to fit the patient’s capabilities. The main goal during postpartum physical therapy is to regain pelvic floor muscle tone and avoid future urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Some women may undergo rehabilitation to resume intercourse without pain or to get their abdominal muscles back in shape.
Most treatment plans include Kegel exercises. RIC therapists teach patients the correct way to do them to achieve maximum results. Studies show that over 50% of women do Kegel exercises wrong. Biofeedback may also be used to help retrain the pelvic muscles.
Call (815) 300-6288 to schedule a confidential appointment.