(PRWEB) August 16, 2011
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.” The physical therapists at ProRehab are experts in the non-invasive treatment of bowel incontinence and constipation.
ProRehab is different from other providers in the treatment of bowel incontinence and constipation. Therapists at ProRehab use the latest scientific evidence and tools, such as Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging, to get patients better faster, so they can avoid the costly use of prescriptions and surgery.
“More than $400 million is spent each year for adult diapers that control urinary and fecal [bowel] incontinence,” reports Medscape in 2011. Approximately 21,000 women had surgery for bowel incontinence between 1998 and 2003; this is about 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.
“Treating bowel incontinence and constipation with surgery is not only expensive for patients, but also has long recoveries and the risk of other complications,” states Lisa Kiesel, PT, DPT, ProRehab physical therapist and pelvic floor specialist. “Medications seem to be a quick fix for incontinence and constipation, but they also quickly become costly and can include adverse side effects for patients. Physical therapy is a very effective treatment for both of these issues and 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 physical therapy had significantly reduced constipation issues. They also reported less physical discomfort, fewer worries/concerns, and improved quality of life after physical therapy.
According to the Physical Therapy Journal in November 2006, “constipation is a prevalent condition in the United States, with typical treatment consisting of diet modification, stool softeners, and laxatives.” However, these treatments are not always helpful and can have unpleasant side effects. This report finds that physical therapy incorporating abdominal massage is an effective treatment for constipation that has no side effects.
“Lisa taught me how to strengthen the muscles that control my bowels,” one of Kiesel’s recent patients commented. “I now have confidence in myself and can go to dinner with my friends without the fear and embarrassment of having an accident. “
ProRehab physical therapists who are experts in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation are able to provide an initial evaluation that includes a complete review of medical history and symptoms, a physical exam of pelvic floor muscle strength and coordination, a diary assessment, and screening for postural and lower extremity flexibility deficits that can contribute to incontinence and constipation. After the initial evaluation, a personal program will be put together for each patient based on their needs.
To learn more about ProRehab’s treatments for women’s 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 prorehab-pc.com
ProRehab is a private physical therapy practice with locations in Evansville, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky. Known for teaching and training physical therapists throughout the region, ProRehab physical therapists are proud that patients ask their doctors to send them to ProRehab for orthopaedic care. They deliver hands-on physical and occupational therapy based on the newest research to achieve the best results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and sports and work injuries. Along the way, the ProRehab family has fun and makes friends with their patients; patients are actually sad to leave after their treatment is over! Find ProRehab on Facebook, @ProRehab on Twitter, and FourSquare.