Physical therapy and rehabilitation
Rehabilitation refers to the process of helping a patient recover from a serious injury or illness. Patients often have to regain strength and learn new ways of completing normal, daily activities. Physical therapy, a branch of rehabilitation, focuses on building strength and mobility after disease, injury or surgery.
Physical therapy in St. Petersburg, Florida
At HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital, we offer acute care rehabilitation services to patients of all ages.
Our physical, occupational and speech therapies in St. Petersburg, Florida, help you improve function that may have been affected by disease, injury or illness. Our rehabilitation services help you relieve pain, restore function and reach your full potential. The rehabilitative process often begins directly after a surgical procedure. This may reduce the risk of complications and shorten your hospital stay.
Rehabilitation services and treatment
Our rehabilitation specialists offer individualized treatment plans to help you reach the highest level of ability. We collaborate with you to ensure that we are exceeding your expectations.
Physical therapy treatment helps you recover your strength and movement to the affected area of the body. It can also assist you in restoring proper walking, balance and transfer skills.
Occupational therapy assesses your ability to function independently. The ultimate goal of occupational therapy is to help you return to participating in your daily activities.
Our occupational therapists address the physical, cognitive and mental challenges accompanying your injury or condition. Additionally our Company Care program offers businesses workplace wellness and worker's compensation evaluations.
Speech therapy evaluates and treats your ability to communicate through speech and language effectively. Speech therapists can also evaluate and treat swallowing disorders to help you eat safely on the least restrictive diet possible. To do this, we offer outpatient modified barium swallow studies.
Pelvic floor physical therapy
A physical therapist with specialized training in this area can assist patients to identify and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles with a customized treatment plan. The pelvic muscles, similar to a sling, support the bladder, reproductive organs and the rectum.
Goal of pelvic floor PT
Pelvic floor therapy:
- Increase control of bladder
- Decrease pain
- Improve ability to complete work and daily activities without interruption
- Reduce medication use for incontinence and pain
- Improve sexual function
- Decrease need for incontinence products
- Improve breathing
- Reduce likelihood of possible surgical intervention
- Prolapse repair, radiation
What symptoms does pelvic floor PT target?
- Accidental leakage of urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing
- Frequent urination or uncontrolled urge to urinate
- Pain and/or pressure in pelvic region
- Tailbone, low back, or hip pain
- Organ prolapse
- Pre- and post-partum related issues
- Sexual dysfunction and pain
What conditions does pelvic floor PT help treat?
- Pelvic floor dysfunction — Pelvic organ prolapse, chronic constipation, bowel and bladder dysfunction (frequency, urgency, retention and/or incomplete emptying)
- Incontinence — Fecal and urinary (stress, urge, mixed, overflow)
- Pelvic pain — Vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, dyspareunia, vaginismus, coccydynia, levator ani syndrome, endometriosis, painful defecation, anal and/or rectal pain
- Pregnancy and postpartum care — Obstetrical low back pain, sacroiliac joint pain, pubis symphysis, sciatica, diastasis recti
- Pre and postsurgical — Hysterectomy, cesarean, episiotomy, sling procedure, prolapse repair, radiation
Do you think you could benefit from pelvic floor PT?
A physician referral is required for pelvic floor PT. Please reach out to your primary care physician or OB/GYN to request a referral. For more information about the program, call (727) 341-4018.
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