A woman’s body goes through many changes throughout her life and her health care needs will change as well. The Women’s Health Services at Wise Regional Health System offers programs designed specifically for the special needs of women. At Wise Regional Health System we offer compassionate, personalized programs for women at every stage of their life. From primary, preventative care to specialized services, you’ll find the care you need at Wise Regional.
Clinical Care Associates provides continuing, comprehensive care for you and your family. Our convenient locations and office hours ensure you have access to the services you need, when you need them, close to home.
Our services include:
- Women’s health
- Urgent/Primary care for adults & children
- Preventative care
- Geriatric care
- Cholesterol screening
- Depression & anxiety treatment
- Diabetes management
- Minor procedures (biopsies, etc.)
At Fit-N-Wise Physical Therapy at Wise Regional Health System, we have specially-trained physical therapists with extensive training in women’s health who develop programs specifically for women and their special needs through physical therapy assessment, treatment and education. Our therapists can help you restore healthy movement, function and comfort so you can feel good and focus on the important things in your life. (Referral from physician required.)
Our programs include:
- Pregnancy and post-partum care
- Loss of bladder control
- Pelvic pain
- Musculoskeletal dysfunction
- Breast cancer rehabilitation
- Osteoporosis treatment
Pregnancy and Post-Partum Care
A woman’s body goes through great changes during and after pregnancy and may affect every part of the body, including back, hip or joint pain. Physical therapy exercises may help reduce the pain and strengthen muscles. Your physical therapist can teach you how to exercise safely during pregnancy and help build strength and stamina for childbirth.
Although pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction are quite common after pregnancy, they are highly treatable. Your physician and physical therapist will work together to implement treatments including pelvic floor exercises, relaxation techniques, realignment of painful joints, muscles and ligaments. These treatments will help reduce pain and eliminate incontinence.
Loss of Bladder Control
This is a serious and often embarrassing problem for millions of women. Incontinence can affect the young, active athlete as well as mature women. It can be caused by weak pelvic floor muscles from surgery, childbearing, or injury. Like other muscles in your body, the pelvic floor can be strengthened with exercise
Your physical therapist will develop a specific program for you that includes bladder training, pelvic floor strengthening, pelvic floor relaxation techniques, and advanced equipment to facilitate bladder control.
Pain in the lower abdomen, groin, or vagina is a common complaint among women. It can be caused by musculoskeletal conditions such as pelvic joint dysfunction or muscle spasms. Pelvic pain may be aggravated by activities such as sitting, intercourse, physical exertion, walking or with urination.
These symptoms can be minimized or eliminated by treatment from our physical therapist who has the knowledge, skills and technology to address your individual needs.
In the past, women suffering from these problems had to rely solely on medication and surgery for treatment. Now, recent studies have shown that specialized physical therapy treatment has significantly improved these conditions in more than 80% of patients.
Assessment & Treatments include:
- General musculoskeletal screening
- Range of motion
- Joint alignment of spine, sacrum and pelvis
- Patient education
- Relaxation and/or pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Lumbar and abdominal stabilization
- Manual therapy
- Modalities (moist heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, biofeedback)
Many of these advanced treatment options are available at Fit-N-Wise Physical Therapy. A physical therapist with extensive training in Women’s Health can develop a program specifically for you.
All you need is a referral from your physician.
For millions of Americans, living with pain is a way of life. The wear and tear of daily activities or trauma from accident or injury or illness can cause persistent acute and chronic pain that is not only overwhelming and frustrating but limits mobility and function.
It is our goal at Wise Regional Health System to identify, isolate and treat the source of your pain and improve your quality of life. Our multidisciplinary approach to pain management at Wise Regional Health System includes, stress management, medications, physical therapy and exercise.
See our Specialist Dr. Stephens.
From the initial screening process and diagnostic services, to treatment and post-surgical care, The Women’s Center at Wise Regional is passionate about providing a caring, comfortable environment for women with breast cancer.
As is the case for most women diagnosed with breast cancer, surgery of some type is often needed. Depending on the type of cancer, these surgeries can range from a biopsy to a full mastectomy.
Our caring physician and staff are here to support you through this process.
Learn more about Breast Surgery.
Labor and Delivery
There are few things more precious in life than giving birth. At Wise Regional Health System, we are happy to be able to share in this joy. Individual attention and a more home-like atmosphere make labor and delivery at Wise Regional a rewarding experience.
Each of our spacious, all-private Labor, Delivery and Recovery rooms allows for you and your family to remain in one comfortable, familiar room throughout the birthing process in a closed and secure environment. Rooming-in is encouraged and a variety of education is offered, including infant care, breast-feeding and child safety.
Highly trained RN’s are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide care and support for new mothers and their infants. Nurses are trained in advanced cardiac life support as well as neonatal resuscitation. And with a low nurse to patient ratio, there is more time for individual instruction and care.
Learn more about Labor & Delivery
Mammograms are the most effective way to find breast cancer early, and the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more likely the disease can be treated. The goal is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are the most important factors in predicting the outlook for the patient.
Countless women in Wise County over the age of 40 are not getting an annual mammogram as recommended by the American Cancer Society – and it’s not by choice. Affordable group health insurance is not always available to those employed, while others may have health insurance but are limited to the number of screenings they are able to receive, and some may have overage, but the deductible is so high that a mammogram is unaffordable.
The Mary’s Gift Program at Wise Regional Health System provides free screening and diagnostic mammograms to low-income, uninsured or under-insured women in Wise County.
Mary’s Gift is funded by community donations and fundraisers.
Early detection is the key to saving lives. If you feel that you a family member or a friend would qualify for a free mammogram, pleas contact the Mary’s Gift program today at (940) 626-1329 or click here for more information.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United states, other than skin cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
By taking the following steps, you can protect your health and help change these statistics:
- Perform regular monthly breast self-exams
- Look and feel for changes – discharge from the nipple, skin dimpling, changes in skin texture, change in nipple position, feel for any unexplained lumps. The best time of the month to do your self exams is seven to ten days after the start of your menstrual cycle. For post-menopausal women, do it the same day each month.
- The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms for women starting at age 40. Mammograms are non-invasive x-rays of the breasts to aid in early detection of any abnormalities in the breast. Research has shown that mammograms can show changes in the breast up to two years before they can be felt. Early detection of breast cancer greatly increases the chances for a complete recovery.
Types of Mammograms
A screening mammogram is for patients with normal breast tissue and no history of breast cancer. It is used as a tool to check for cancer when there are no signs or symptoms of the disease.
When an abnormality in the breast has been detected through a screening mammogram or there is an obvious sign or symptom of breast cancer, a diagnostic mammogram will be performed. In a diagnostic mammogram, the breast is x-rayed from several angles to give more views of the breast and give more detailed images to aid in diagnosis. Diagnostic mammograms are also used for patients with breast tissue that is difficult to evaluate through screening mammograms, such as in women with breast implants.
Wise Regional Health System is proud to be a Center of Excellence in Women’s Services and have board certified physicians who specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our OB/GYN’S are specially trained in all areas of pregnancy and postpartum, including: pre-conceptional health, labor and childbirth, genetics, and genetic counseling.