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The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross offers free screenings for women six weeks to one-year post-childbirth. 

Location:  Silver Cross Health Center
                    12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen, IL
                    (815) 300-6288   

During the 15-minute screening, the new mom’s birthing history and current problems will be reviewed. Posture, core and pelvic strength will be screened.

Women who have any of the following common postpartum complaints should be screened. 

  • Pelvic pain: This could be pain during intercourse, when urinating or defecating, or at rest. Pelvic pain can become chronic if left untreated.
  • Urinary incontinence:  It is common after childbirth to have a sudden urge to urinate or leak urine when exercising, laughing or sneezing.
  • Perineal pain: Pain in the area between the vagina and anus is common among women who had an episiotomy or tearing during their birth. Some women also need help healing the scars from cesarean section.
  • Fecal incontinence: Many women have trouble controlling bowel movements after having a baby.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse: The uterus can slip out of place because of pressure on weak pelvic floor muscles during the birth.
  • Separation of the abdominal muscles: The growing baby puts pressure on the abdominal muscles which may cause them to stretch and sometimes separate during pregnancy. 

As a result of the screening, if therapy is recommended, treatment will be adjusted to fit the patient’s capabilities. The main goal during postpartum physical therapy is to regain pelvic floor muscle tone and avoid future urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Some women may undergo rehabilitation to resume intercourse without pain or to get their abdominal muscles back in shape. 

Most treatment plans include Kegel exercises. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross therapists teach patients the correct way to do them to achieve maximum results.  Studies show that over 50%  of women do Kegel exercises wrong.  Biofeedback may also be used to help retrain the pelvic muscles. 

Call (815) 300-6288 to schedule a confidential appointment.

Located at 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, IL 60451   Main Phone (815) 300-1100

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.