Women's Health Rehabilitation Program
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Montefiore Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Women's Health Rehabilitation Program

Many musculoskeletal conditions and illnesses—such as osteoporosis; pelvic floor dysfunction or pain, including urinary and bowel incontinence and female specific cancer—present differently or exclusively in women. With this in mind, we consider the unique aspects of female physiology to create a course of treatment to strengthen muscles, improve musculoskeletal function and restore normal daily function for women living with:

  • Osteoporosis. As people age, bone mass is lost faster than it's created. This condition, called osteoporosis, causes bones to become increasingly porous, brittle, weak and prone to fracture. Although it occurs in both sexes, women—especially those who have gone through menopause—are at the greatest risk. Physical rehabilitation can help minimize the overall effects of osteoporosis, reduce the risk for falls and improve neuromuscular and musculoskeletal coordination.  
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Appropriate rehabilitation can help women manage the weakening of their pelvic floor—the group of supportive muscles, ligaments and tendons at the base of the pelvis caused by trauma, pregnancy and aging—that results in urinary incontinence.
  • Female Cancer Rehabilitation. Breast and gynecological cancer treatments often cause significant physical impairments. Our cancer rehabilitation team provides a structured, supervised exercise and physical regimens to improve cardiopulmonary fitness, minimize cancer related fatigue and other side effects. 

Our multidisciplinary team will closely a conduct a comprehensive evaluation and implement a treatment plan that may include:

  • Biomechanical and musculoskeletal evaluation of the pelvis and lower back.
  • Neuromuscular re-education.
  • Vaginal and rectal myofascial relief techniques.
  • Pelvic floor training with biofeedback and electrical stimulation.
  • Education on pelvic floor function.
  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises to help decrease the extent or frequency urinary incontinence.
  • Manual therapy to improve pelvic floor and surrounding muscle tone.
  • Other therapeutic strategies to improve muscle tone and decrease pain