Bethesda Hospital East

Women's Health & Outpatient Therapy

 

Bethesda Outpatient Rehabilitation offers a Women's Health and Outpatient Therapy Program. The programs available are:

Post Mastectomy/Post Breast Reconstruction

The Post Mastectomy/Breast Reconstruction Program offers physical and occupational therapy for patients following breast surgery. Therapy can offer flexibility exercises for the affected side and improve postural alignment. The benefits of this program include an increased quality of life, increased mood, strength and endurance, prevention of complications, including lymphedema education. Breast cancer survivors have very special and specific needs requiring a skilled physical and occupational therapists for exercise programming. Our skilled physical and occupational therapists help patients:

  • Maintain and regain shoulder mobility/range of motion (ROM)
  • Assist with pain management
  • Assist with scar management and desensitization
  • Increase upper extremity strength

Cancer Rebound Rehabilitation

Coping with a diagnosis of cancer presents unique and personal challenges.  Treatment can cause disruptions in function and well being. The licensed therapists at Bethesda Outpatient Rehabilitation are prepared to deal individually with your special needs and assist you in optimizing your daily activities. Commonly referred diagnoses include:

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Generalized Weakness
  • Neurological Symptoms
  • Pathological Fractures
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Pre/Peri/Post Natal Program

The purpose of the Pre/Peri/Post Natal Program is to evaluate and address postural deficits, establish an individualized stretching and strengthening program, and educate on activities safe to participate in during pregnancy. Changing and lifting infants after abdominal muscles are compromised is very difficult for women who are recovering from C-sections. Regular exercise during pregnancy and/or prenatal therapy, can help a woman prepare for labor and delivery by increasing core muscle strength and stamina. Preventative measures can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and can speed recovery.  

Research from the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI) reports 80% of pregnant women experience low back pain as well as hip pain. Available data support the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendations that promote exercise during pregnancy.

Pre/Peri/Post Natal Treatment:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Supervised therapeutic exercise
  • Postural assessment and body mechanics
  • Instruction for lifting and carrying
  • Physical therapy modalities

Lymphedema Program
Many people experience lymphedema--the buildup of protein rich lymphatic fluid in an extremity causing swelling, pain, and limitation in function. The certified lymphedema specialists at Bethesda will insure that you understand and learn how to manage this chronic condition and regain function. Free consultations are available.

 

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment and for program information, please call 561.374.5350.

 

The Women’s Health and Outpatient Therapy Program is available at the Bethesda Professional Plaza and Bethesda Health City.