New Physical Therapy Program at Harris Methodist Southwest Helps Women Resolve Incontinence|
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.
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