Morehead City, NC (PRWEB) March 13, 2012
Medscape reports in 2011 that bowel incontinence is one of the most psychologically and socially debilitating conditions affecting otherwise healthy people. “It can lead to social isolation, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and depression.” Jolene Faught, PT, Pelvic Rehabilitation and Women’s Health Specialist at BreakThrough Physical Therapy’s Morehead City Location, treats bowl incontinence and constipation effectively with physical therapy techniques so patients can avoid costly surgery and the undesirable side effects of medications and ultimately live more comfortably.
In 2011 Medscape reports that approximately 21,000 women had surgery for bowel incontinence between 1998 and 2003; this is roughly 3500 women per year. The total cost for bowel incontinence treatments in the United States increased from $34 million in 1998 to $57.5 million in 2003. In 2003, the average cost for treating bowel incontinence with surgery was $16,847.
“Medications are seen as a quick fix for incontinence and constipation, but they also quickly become costly and include undesirable side effects,” states Jolene. “Physical Therapists with advanced training can provide very effective treatment programs for both incontinence and constipation that can help patients avoid high medical costs, long recovery periods, complications, and undesirable side effects.”
In June 2008, the Journal of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum reports that over 2.5 million doctor visits per year in the United States are related to constipation issues. Patients in this study who participated in this specialized type of physical therapy had significantly reduced constipation problems. They also reported less physical discomfort, fewer worries/concerns, and improved quality of life after seeing their physical therapist.
“I can’t get over how much my life has changed,” one of Faught’s recent patients commented. "Being able to address my diet and how my muscles work in my abdominals and pelvic floor with breathing and functional postures has really changed everything. I’m sleeping better, I’m not leaking (urine or bowel) and I just feel so much better."
Treatment for pelvic rehabilitation involves comprehensive care addressing dietary factors, spine/ hip issues, pelvic floor muscles, abdominals and effective breathing. To learn more about BreakThrough’s treatments for pelvic health issues such as, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, loss of bladder or bowel control, constipation, or pain and dysfunction during and after pregnancy, please visit BreakThroughPTClinics.com
About BreakThrough Physical Therapy:
BreakThrough Physical Therapy is a private physical therapy practice with locations five locations in Greensboro, Fayetteville, Morehead City, and Winston Salem, North Carolina. Known for treating patients based on the latest scientific research available, BreakThrough physical therapists pride themselves in being spine experts. They deliver hands-on physical therapy based on the best research to achieve optimal results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and work injuries. Along the way, the BreakThrough Physical Therapy family has fun and makes friends with their patients (and their pets, their kids, their in-laws, and neighbors….) For more information visit BreakThroughPTClinics.com or find BreakThrough Physical Therapy on Facebook and Twitter.