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South County Physical Therapy, Inc. and UMass Memorial bring bladder health education to Westborough

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: October 14, 2015

Contact Information:
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-389-9912

Westborough _ In correlation with National Bladder Health Week in November, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) will join forces with UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Department of Urogynecology to shed light on the topic of pelvic floor disorders.  This condition, which affects millions of individuals, is often neglected due to its sensitive nature.

An infographic designed by the National Association for Continence (NAFC) illustrates the scope of the condition, which impacts muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue in the lower pelvis, leading to issues like urinary or fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Twenty-five million individuals in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence, while 3.3 million women in the country are stricken with pelvic organ prolapse, according to NAFC.

“The goal of this program is to start open communication regarding pelvic floor disorders which so many people face, but rarely discuss. We look forward to helping to improve awareness, educating the community, and providing participants with strategies such as appropriate exercises and dietary considerations to manage their symptoms and regain their quality-of-life,” said SCPT Director of Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stacey Berger.

Berger was approached by UMass Memorial Medical Center for her specialty services in pelvic floor physical therapy. Throughout her career in physical therapy, Berger has been dedicated to raising awareness of pelvic health issues, and to providing valuable educational resources and care to her patients and the community-at-large.

For the program, Berger will discuss physical therapy methods used to treat bladder issues while highlighting therapeutic exercises and education to help with urinary incontinence and prolapse management. UMass’ Urogynecology specialists will provide an overview of bladder health which will include medical interventions and surgical procedures available to assist with the management of pelvic floor disorders.

The program, “Take the Floor Tonight ‘Break Free’ from Pelvic Floor Disorders” will be offered twice in the town of Westborough, for the convenience of the community. Those who wish to participate may register in advance for programs, the first of which will be held on Monday, November 9th from 1pm to 2:30pm at the Westborough Senior Center, on 4 Rogers Road. The following program will be delivered on Thursday, November 12th from 6:30pm to 8pm at the YMCA Boroughs Family Branch, on 4 Valente Drive. All town residents and residents of the surrounding communities are invited to participate in the discussion of this important topic.

Since its emergence as leader in physical therapy in 1985, SCPT has been committed to the development of its Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation program, which provides specialized care for the assessment and treatment of incontinence issues and various pelvic pain conditions for men and women.

For additional information on the program, or to register to attend, please visit: www.umassmemorial.org/breakfree

For 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street), and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.

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