Patients with cancer or who have a history of cancer often have physical side effects that decrease their quality of life. Cancer related fatigue, pain, weight gain, nausea, osteoporosis and neuromuscular deficits are just a few of the areas Physical Therapy can impact to increase the patient’s quality of life. Physical Therapy during and following cancer treatment promotes physical function, decreases fatigue and increases psychological well-being.
Patients receive one-on-one treatment with a licensed Physical Therapist. Treatment starts with a 60-minute evaluation specific for patients with cancer. The evaluation consists of a subjective interview, collection of objective data including function, strength, range of motion, vital signs and mobility. Then a treatment plan is developed that is specific to each patient’s needs and goals. Patients are given an individualized home program to be performed between sessions for maximum benefit. Subsequent treatment sessions are 45 minutes and are tailored to each patient’s needs.
Sessions may include:
• Therapeutic exercise specific for cancer related fatigue, nausea, decreasing BMI, osteoporosis, pain and neurological deficits.
• Manual therapy and modalities for pain control and joint/muscle restrictions
• Balance and gait (walking pattern) interventions
• Flexibility training
• Return to work and/or daily functional activities
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a therapist from the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at SMMC, call TherapyPlus at 913-676-2444.
Women of all ages, from adolescence, through the childbearing years, and during menopause and beyond, experience a range of uniquely female health challenges. In some cases, an individualized exercise therapy program is an effective strategy for preventing and treating the pain and discomfort that often accompanies a variety of women's health conditions.
Women's Rehabilitative Services offers a comprehensive approach to helping women feel and look their best at every stage of life. Therapists provide specialized treatment and private consultation for adolescent females, pregnant moms, women who have undergone hysterectomies or breast surgeries, those who experience incontinence, pelvic pain and women with osteoporosis. Women who are diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunctions and those who are experiencing obstetrical musculoskeletal problems can depend on our team of experts for effective intervention. Our focus is on providing personalized care that enables women to lead active, vital lives.
In addition, the SportsCare staff at Shawnee Mission Medical Center coaches active females who are involved in a range of athletic pursuits. They provide helpful strategies designed to prevent injuries from occurring. Women who have sustained an injury can come to SportsCare for advice and therapy that will minimize recovery time.
The Spine Team at Therapy Specialties focuses specifically on rehabilitation and education designed to help those with disorders affecting the spine. Our therapists are dedicated to using advanced manual therapy approaches, including spinal, joint and soft tissue mobilization, to meet the individual needs of each patient. Patients undergo a 60-minute evaluation to review quantity and quality of movement, conduct a postural assessment, perform joint and soft tissue evaluations and test muscle balance and neural mobility. Patients then undergo 30-45 minute one-on-one therapy sessions designed for their specific needs.
The spine team treats conditions that include:
For more information about Spine Therapy at Therapy Specialties, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.
Bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence, affects one out of every 10 women of all ages, and one out of five women over age 40. Even though urinary incontinence is such a common health problem among women, surveys show that most women wait, on average, seven to nine years before seeking treatment for the condition. Many are embarrassed about the problem and some think it's just a "normal" part of being a woman or of aging. If you experience incontinence, you are not alone. There's no need to be embarrassed about seeking treatment and you do not need to learn to live with it. There are many treatment options available to you.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center's Women's Continence Program was designed to provide simple, non-invasive treatment for the management, and oftentimes resolution, of bladder leakage. This program emphasizes changing urinary behaviors and exercising pelvic muscles. These methods have been designated by the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy & Research (AHCPR) as being the preferred "first-step" treatment for urinary incontinence. The program is staffed by female physical therapists specially trained in the nerve, muscle and organ process of urinary control, who are sensitive to the issues surrounding incontinence.
The Women's Continence Program provides treatment primarily for stress, urge and mixed incontinence problems (see information below). However, many other types of urinary leakage exist. A discussion and exam with your physician will assess whether the program can help your particular condition.
A woman enters the program by medical prescription from her primary care or specialist physician. Participation in the Women's Continence Program may be combined with prescription drugs or other treatment options. Some women benefit from participating in the program either before or after surgical procedures for incontinence. Each woman's treatment plan is customized to meet her individual medical and personal needs.
Women of any age who are concerned about bladder leakage limiting their lifestyle are encouraged to seek the advice of their health care practitioner regarding these and other treatment options for incontinence.
Our speech pathologists work with a variety of communication disorders in children and adults of all ages. We help people with all aspects of communication including listening, talking, thinking, remembering, reading and writing, as well as alternate forms of communication such as sign language and augmentative communication. We also help people with swallowing problems.
Speech and Language Therapy
Our speech-language pathologists are highly qualified, experienced individuals with over 50 years of combined experience. Specialized training has prepared these individuals to be on the cutting edge of successful programs. The therapists perform a comprehensive evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan that:
Communication disorders come in many forms. Those commonly treated by our team of certified speech-language pathologists include:
For more information about the Speech-Language program at Therapy Specialties, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.