Rehabilitation Services


Women's Health Rehabilitation Program

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From puberty through menopause, women's bodies go through many changes, including the dramatic changes that occur during and after pregnancy. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our specially trained and experienced physiatrists (rehabilitation medicine physicians) and physical therapists can help ease many of the physical challenges associated with pregnancy and other conditions related to women's health. We know how hard you work to take care of the people you love. We're here to take care of you.

Customized Treatment and the Latest Therapies

Your rehabilitation medicine physician will carefully evaluate you, speaking with you about your concerns and needs, and create an individualized plan of care. We offer the full range of state-of-the-art therapies for women's health issues, including therapeutic exercise, hands-on physical therapy, electrical stimulation and biofeedback, neuromuscular re-education, training in proper posture, education, and home exercise programs.

Who May Benefit

If you are or were pregnant, you may benefit from therapy for:

  • Neck, pelvic, and back pain, including sciatica and lower back pain
  • Urinary or bowel incontinence (inability to control the flow of urine or stool)
  • Leg and foot discomfort
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve entrapments
  • Pain associated with labor and delivery

Women with these other conditions may also benefit from an evaluation:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Lymphedema
  • Pelvic pain

Women’s Rehabilitation Services

If you need rehabilitation for any of the conditions above, our rehabilitation medicine physicians can put together a regimen of care customized for you. Your treatment may include:

  • Physical therapists help you get moving, reduce your pain, restore your function, and prevent disability. Your physical therapist will show you what to do during each session, but it is important for you to do “homework” exercises to fully benefit from the treatment.
  • Medications to relieve your symptoms.
  • Joint injections, given by physiatrists, to relieve pain and discomfort.

Expertise in the Care of Back Pain in Pregnancy

Anatomical changes during pregnancy—including changes in the core and pelvic floor muscles, curvature of the spine, and relaxation of pelvic ligaments—can cause back pain and discomfort. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our rehabilitation medicine teams have special expertise in the care of back pain during pregnancy, offering strengthening exercises based on your fitness level, with a focus on core and pelvic stabilization. We may also recommend maternity support belts and integrative therapies to help you continue with your day-to-day activities. If your back pain is caused by something more serious, such as a herniated disk or osteoporosis of pregnancy, we care for you using pregnancy-friendly medications and work with your obstetrician to suggest the optimal way to deliver your baby (such as a C-section or change in delivery position) to minimize stress on your spine.

Specialized Care for the Female Athlete Triad

The female athlete triad is a combination of disorders that most often arise in adolescent girls, but can develop in any young, very physically active woman. It is characterized by malnourishment/energy deficiency, menstrual disturbances, and bone loss/osteoporosis (placing girls at risk of stress fractures).

At NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, we offer evaluation and treatment of female athletes displaying these symptoms. We assess each girl’s eating habits, menstrual cycles, and body image; conduct bone density testing if there is a history of stress fractures; provide nutritional guidance to establish a plan for healthy eating; and offer psychological support if the athlete is struggling with stress. Young women who have anorexia, bulimia, or other serious eating disorders have access to the Center for Eating Disorders of NewYork-Presbyterian.

Continuous Support

We understand that women's health issues may not only affect you physically, but emotionally as well. We provide psychosocial support and can link you with other support providers as needed.


Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy at the Harkness Pavilion

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