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New Physical Therapy Program at Harris Methodist Southwest Helps Women Resolve Incontinence
12/11/2008

FORT WORTH, Texas — A new women’s health physical therapy program at Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital can help urinary incontinence sufferers regain control and confidence.

Urinary incontinence, a loss of bladder control, affects 25 percent of U.S. women. But the condition is a hidden epidemic, because many find it so embarrassing that they would rather suffer silently than discuss the problem with their doctor, said Linda Yates, a physical therapist leading the new women’s program.

“There’s a lack of understanding about treatment options for urinary incontinence,” Yates said. “A lot of women believe it’s just something they have to deal with after childbirth or because of aging and there’s nothing they can do about it, but that’s not true.”

Pelvic floor training, a main component of Yates’ treatment, can effectively manage and even resolve incontinence, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in March. Pelvic floor training involves performing exercises to strengthen muscles that control the flow of urine.

The new women’s health program also helps women relieve common problems after a mastectomy, such as shoulder tightness from scar tissue and lymphedema, or swelling of the arm due to build up of excess fluid. Women with osteoporosis can use Yates’ services to improve mobility and strength.

Yates has 12 years of physical therapy experience, including eight years of specialty practice in urinary incontinence and women’s health physical therapy. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Southwest Texas State University in 1995. She is currently working toward a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University.

For more information about the women’s health physical therapy program, call 817-433-1600.

About Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital
Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital (HMSW) has provided quality and compassionate care to the residents of southwest Tarrant County for more than two decades. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMSW is licensed for 230 beds and provides a wide array of comprehensive services, including: surgical and imaging services, 24-hour emergency services, orthopedics and sports therapy, adult critical care and a level 3a neonatal intensive care unit, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiovascular services, cancer care, rehabilitation, and more. HMSW is home to 578 members of the medical staff, 992 employees and 120 volunteers. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmsw.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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