Pelvic Physical Therapy Program Opens At Parkridge East Hospital

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Parkridge Health System announced the opening of the new Pelvic Physical Therapy program at Parkridge East Hospital – a program committed to helping women who suffer from embarrassing or uncomfortable pelvic floor issues that negatively affect quality of life.

Women with conditions such as incontinence, pain during intimacy, or pregnancy-related problems such as lower back pain or poor posture can find relief with Pelvic Physical Therapy. Physical therapist Lindsay Johnson, DPT, is one of a handful of providers in Chattanooga with highly specialized training in treatment of the pelvic area. Her therapy includes the use of corrective techniques, technology such as biofeedback, and traditional physical therapy to help patients strengthen muscles in the pelvic region. These treatments offer relief of symptoms and greater muscle control, and patients typically see improvement in quality of life after just a few treatment sessions.

Parkridge East Hospital’s Pelvic Physical Therapy program can:

- Provide effective relief for incontinence, a particularly common problem for females. “It’s estimated that 50% of adult women experience incontinence at some point in their lives,” said Ms. Johnson. “Pelvic physical therapy can help women who have ‘leaking’ problems that limit their lifestyles. We retrain the muscles in the pelvic area to better control the bladder - this training can significantly reduce and in some cases eliminate ‘accidents’.”

- Make a major difference for women who experience pain during intimacy. “There are exercises and pelvic floor muscle training techniques that can alleviate discomfort during intimacy, and with the right course of pelvic physical therapy, some women can achieve complete recovery,” said Ms. Johnson.

- Ease pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum recovery for mothers. “Pelvic physical therapy can help pregnant women strengthen their abdominal and pelvic floor muscles,” said Ms. Johnson. “A regimen of stretching and strength training can ease childbirth, and can help lessen the risk of developing pelvic floor problems after delivery.”

For more information about the Pelvic Physical Therapy program at Parkridge East Hospital, call 423 553-5740.


Dr. T. Darrell Weldon To Head Hutcheson Hospital Board

Hutcheson Medical Center, Inc. announced Thursday that Dr. T. Darrell Weldon has been appointed as chairman of the board for Hutcheson Medical Center, Inc.   Dr. Weldon will also serve as chairman of Hutcheson Health Enterprises, Inc. and will continue his duties as chairman of The Hospital Authority of Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties.   Other board appointments ... (click for more)

Alexander, Burr Release “Innovation For Healthier Americans” Report

Senators Lamar Alexander and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Thursday released a report on the challenges to getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively, examining what is working, and what isn’t, at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The senators are soliciting feedback on their report as Chairman Alexander ... (click for more)

Chance Loftis Set To Be Freed From Jail After Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Only Misdemeanor Charge

Chance Loftis is set to be freed from jail on Monday after a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon found him guilty of only a minor charge. Instead of murder in the death of 46-year-old Donald Rogers, the jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole found him guilty of the lesser charge of reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the beating ... (click for more)

1 Dies In House Fire In Rhea County

Rhea County Fire Department officials said one person died in an early-morning house fire on Saturday. The call came at about 6:30 a.m. The brick residence is on Fisher Road. S tate arson investigators were on their way. (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What About The Ashes?

I attended my fifth funeral in the month of January the other day and, while I wish a lot of my friends would hang around a little longer, I was amused by the conversation in the pew before the service began. The question was “ … then what do you do with the ashes?” More and more people are being cremated and asking their loved ones to scatter their ashes -- more properly called ... (click for more)