Physical Therapy Helps Urinary Incontinence
Stephens Memorial Hospital’s (SMH) Physical Rehabilitation Department Manager, Lissa Merrill, PT is pleased to announce that Physical Therapist, Tracie Alexander PT, DPT recently completed Pelvic Floor Level 1 Course in Houston, Texas. There are three courses in the series to obtain a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) through the American Physical Therapy Association. By completing Pelvic Floor Level 1, she can now treat patients with urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.
Although Tracie will treat people experiencing pelvic pain, urinary incontinence is most common. Urinary incontinence is reported in approximately 40% of women. Women are twice as likely as men to experience urinary incontinence and yet often do not seek treatment. Urinary incontinence can make people feel embarrassed when instead; there are treatments that can help.
Pelvic floor rehab involves learning how to “find” the right muscles in the pelvic floor and use them correctly. Tracie also helps provide information on diet and nutrition to avoid food and drinks that may irritate the bladder. Tracie has her doctorate in physical therapy from the Franklin Pierce University. To learn more about Tracie and Pelvic Floor Rehab, go to: www.wmhcc.org/smhrehab