Women’s Health Physical Therapy
Women & Infants Hospital offers inpatient physical therapy services to help women with a variety of conditions to enhance their quality of life and promote overall wellness.
Inpatient referrals will be made by your health care provider.
Note – As of September 30, 2017, we no longer offer Outpatient Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Services. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call (401) 453-7955 to arrange to have your records transferred to a new provider.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
Many pregnant women have muscle discomfort and pain in their hips, upper and lower back, and arms. This can be caused by hormonal and postural changes. High-risk obstetrical patients frequently experience pain brought on by prolonged bed rest. An individual program of exercise is designed to take into account any activity restrictions. Interventions for women who have had Cesarean surgery may include how to move in and out of bed with proper body mechanics, gentle exercise to regain functional mobility.
Many women experience pain and dysfunction following surgery, including hysterectomy, mastectomy, breast surgery, pelvic floor muscle, oncology and bladder surgery. Under the guidance of a physical therapist, gentle exercises at the bedside can help women regain mobility. Further treatments are available in the home or outpatient setting. Seeing a woman before surgery can help her after surgery. Learning the proper techniques before surgery promotes active patient participation, lessens anxiety, and helps women begin their recovery.
Physical therapy interventions will assist a woman to exercise safely and understand the importance of regular exercise. Interventions for a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis may include self-care, pain management, postural awareness, strengthening, weight bearing exercise and fracture prevention.