As women advance through life, at least one-third of them will be treated for a pelvic health condition by the age of 60. So, it’s important that women have access to experts who can provide complete diagnostics and treatment close to home. Little Company of Mary Hospital’s (LCMH) Pelvic Floor Disorders Program provides a full spectrum of care to diagnose and treat women with conditions including stress and urge incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, genitourinary fistulas, and pelvic floor mesh-related complications.
An estimated 25 million people in the U.S. struggle with incontinence issues and both women and men are affected. Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFDs) can affect women of all ages and one in four women age 30-59 have experienced an episode of urinary incontinences and one in 15 women can experience moderate to severe symptoms caused by pelvic floor dysfunction. Women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders underreport their condition due to embarrassment. While mostly women are treated for Pelvic Floor Disorder, men are affected as well. Prostate cancer affects one in seven men and is the most common non-skin-related cancer in men. Also having slow growth of the prostate gland can lead to obstructed urination and erectile dysfunction.
Little Company of Mary Hospital has brought in two specialists in the field of pelvic health to offer a specialized program. Elizabeth R. Mueller, M.D. is a nationally known clinician and researcher in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Mueller completed her urology residency and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship training at Loyola University Medical Center and is board-certified for both. Dr. Mueller received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine before moving to Chicago.
“Most of my patients are age 50 and older and have a weak core. I suggest to people seeking assistance with Pelvic Floor Disorder to write down their goals for each visit with me,” said Dr. Mueller, “It helps me successfully address all concerns and provide the best treatment.”
Anna Albrecht, P.T., D.P.T., M.P.H. is a Physical Therapist at LCMH who specializes in Pelvic Floor Disorders, both female and male. “The majority of my patients are women but men have Pelvic Floor Disorders as well and the physical therapy we do at LCMH can help them,” Anna said. “This isn’t an age or gender issue, most people don’t know they even have this problem.”
Anna received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Governor’s State University and has completed additional training in Pelvic Health from the American Physical Therapy Association.
There are many contributing factors for Pelvic Floor Disorder but the main ones are: pregnancy, aging, hip and back disorders and lack of pelvic and abdominal wall function.
For those seeking non-surgical treatment, LCMH program offers convenient physical therapy and nutritional counseling departments. Dr. Mueller is accepting new patients at Little Company of Mary’s Outpatient Care Center located at 6700 West 95th Street, Suite 220, Oak Lawn, IL 60453. To schedule an appointment, please call 708.974.7300. Call 708.229.5525 to schedule a personal session with Anna Albrecht, with your prescription from your physician.