Women's Health Physical Therapy Program

What is Women's Health Phyical Therapy

Women’s health PT is a specialty area of physical therapy practice which involves the evaluation and treatment of health concerns that effect women over the lifespan. This includes working with women with impairments related to: Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pelvic Pain, Urinary Incontinence and Osteoporosis.

How can physical therapy help you?

During pregnancy or postpartum

Many changes occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy. Physical therapy can create an individualized program to improve your pregnancy or postpartum related problems. This includes but is not limited to: low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, leg pain, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine) and diastasis recti management (splitting of the abdominal muscles). You may also benefit from education regarding position modification, posture, and proper body mechanics. Maria Parham Health strives to allow these special times in a women’s life to be cherished and not hindered due to these issues.

Pelvic pain

Pelvic pain is a term used to describe many types of discomfort in and around the pelvic area. Fourteen to sixteen percent of all women in the U.S. experience pelvic pain and we understand the devastating effects it can have on your personal life. You may feel pain with sexual intercourse, when using the restroom, when sitting for extended periods of time, or with movement. Physical therapy can determine what is contributing to your pain and provide treatment to address your needs.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is defined as any involuntary loss of urine. There are two main types including stress and urge incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is leakage with increased intra-abdominal pressure such as when laughing or coughing. Urge urinary incontinence is having a strong desire to void which is difficult to control. Physical therapy can assist in improving your quality of life and confidence by teaching you strategies to take control of your urinary incontinence. This can include pelvic floor muscle training, use of biofeedback, education on bladder health/bladder irritants, a voiding schedule, and tips to avoid constipation.


Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease characterized by compromised bone strength. Physical therapy can assist in improving bone mass, reducing your risk for fracture and reducing your risk for falls. This can be achieved through an individualized exercise program, balance training, and education on fall risk reduction, proper posture, and proper body mechanics. With physical therapy, you can work towards improved functional mobility and an improved quality of life.

Who are we?

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services is a division of Maria Parham Health that offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy services to both adults and children with a variety of disorders and diagnoses.

Lyndsey Elkins and Koren Wagner are the primary physical therapists for the women’s health program at MPMC. Both graduated from the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy program and have received further education regarding women's health issues through courses sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. If you have questions for these physical therapists or about the program please call 252-436-1600.

How can I receive these services?

If you feel you would benefit from these services, a physician's referral is required. Discuss it with your physician and have the prescription faxed to 252-436-1633. Maria Parham Outpatient Rehabilitation will call you to set up the appointment. We look forward to working with you and helping you meet your women’s health goals!

If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Maria Parham Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
566 Ruin Creek Road
Henderson, NC 27536
(252) 436-1600
Fax (252) 436-1633