Cumberland Healthcare is proud to provide comprehensive women’s health services designed to meet all your needs every step of the way.
Our Women’s Health team offers cancer screenings, cardiovascular health, contraception, general health, geriatrics, OB exams, well women exams, diagnostics in urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, osteoporosis, obstetrical dysfunction, and more. Our team includes experienced gynecologists, obstetricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physical therapists that combine state-of-the-art diagnostic services and innovative procedures.Your health care needs change as you change. That’s why Cumberland Healthcare provides comprehensive care with respect to your individual needs, giving you the information you need at every stage of your life to make the best decisions for you and your family.
Recommendations on screening, laboratory testing, evaluation and counseling or immunizations by specific age by ACOG are:
Pelvic Floor Tension/Pain
Pelvic floor tension or pain in the sling of muscles which support the bladder, uterus and rectum can be caused by muscle, joint and nerve problems. Individuals may have difficulty sitting, experience pain during intercourse or experience pain in the hips or lower abdomen. Rehabilitation/treatment may include pelvic floor muscle relaxation training, manual therapy or biofeedback.
Incontinence is the loss of bladder or bowel control resulting in involuntary loss of urine or stools. Weakness in the muscles that make up the “pelvic floor” can result in a loss of support for the bladder, uterus or rectum potentially resulting in incontinence. Incontinence of urine may be termed “stress” or “urgency” and may cause urinary frequency. Rehabilitation/treatment may include the clinical use of electrical stimulation, biofeedback or an individualized exercise program.
Orthopedic and High Risk
Pregnant women may suffer from pain or aching in the low back, shoulder blades, rib cage, groin area or wrists dues to changes in posture, weight or hormonal factors. Not only are these women more susceptible to injury during pregnancy, but related orthopedic problems may persist or begin following pregnancy. Maternity supports, manual therapy, strengthening or retraining techniques are typical treatments. For a woman with a high risk pregnancy, bed rest is often necessary. To help offset the effects caused by bed rest, a physical therapist is able to design an individualized program consisting of exercises, positioning recommendations as well as relaxation training. Post-delivery rehabilitation includes strengthening and endurance training.
Following a surgical procedure or episiotomy, many women suffer from scar tissue pain. Most often such pain is due to hypersensitivity (increased sensation) of the newly healed tissue or due to movement restriction involving the skin and underlying tissue. A physical therapist can assist in decreasing the sensitivity and increasing the mobility of the scarred area through manual mobilization techniques.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thin or brittle, causing them to break more easily. Therapy programs include instruction in proper body mechanics, exercise, gait instruction, balance training, aquatic therapy, brace application and education on injury prevention. Modalities such as moist heat, ice, ultrasound or electrical stimulation may be utilized to assist with pain control.
- Cancer Screenings
- Cardiovascular Health
- General Health
- Irregular Menses
- IDU Placement
- OB Exams in collaboration with OB/GYN
- Pregnancy Testing
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening
- Well Women Exam (pap/pelvic/breast)
Our Women’s Health Staff Includes:
- Gary Degerman, MD OBGYN
- Barbara M. Ankarlo, MD
- Merilee LaPoint, WHNP-BC
- Amy Brenna, MS, PT, CLT
- Mary Beth Waldo, DNP
- Nicole Huber, PA-C
- Debb Hallingstad, APNP