The PARC program is a specialized physical therapy program addressing the quality of life issues affecting bowel, bladder, sexual, pelvic and abdominal health that one may experience while undergoing cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The program is designed to decrease symptoms and improve quality of life specific to each individual.
Beaumont’s highly trained pelvic floor rehabilitation therapists are experienced and licensed by the state of Michigan. They are active in national and international research programs and medical associations. Beaumont therapists use the latest research and evidence-based interventions to compassionately address each patient’s individual concerns and symptoms.
While it can be overwhelming to be diagnosed with cancer and undergo treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, you do not have to go through it alone. It is not uncommon for cancer survivors to experience some issues such as pain, constipation, bowel and/or bladder leakage and pain with intercourse. Beaumont’s experienced pelvic floor rehabilitation therapists can help you cope with your condition and help improve your quality of life.
The goal of the program is to provide individualized care, educate and train patients to manage, and in some cases, eliminate their pelvic and abdominal pain, bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunctions as it relates to the cancer diagnosis.
The PARC program is offered at several Beaumont outpatient therapy sites throughout Southeastern Michigan. They offer flexible and convenient appointment times with certified pelvic floor rehabilitation therapists who specialize in the treatment of men and women with cancer related pelvic issues.
The Beaumont PARC program may be able to help if you experience:
- urinary incontinence – leakage of urine with urge or with coughing, laughing, sneezing, movement or lifting
- urinary frequency – going to the bathroom more than every two to three hours
- urinary urgency – the “gotta go” feeling
- urge incontinence – leaking with a strong urge
- bowel incontinence – leakage of feces/stool
- constipation – hard stools that are difficult to pass or decreased frequency of bowel movements to less than three times per week
- post-surgical incontinence – prostatectomy, hysterectomy, colon resection or any abdominal or pelvic surgery
- pain – abdominal, vaginal, rectal, pelvic pain related to scarring, adhesions, surgery, radiation therapy, immobility or weak and/or tight muscular and connective tissue
LEADING EDGE TREATMENTS
Our highly trained pelvic floor rehabilitation therapists use the most advanced and proven treatment interventions including:
- biofeedback training
- manual therapy such as, abdominal, internal/external pelvic floor work, visceral manipulations and scar tissue mobilizations
- prescribed exercise programs, specific to each individual
- patient education, for the control of pain, reduction and management of symptoms
- yoga therapy for pelvic issues
- pilates exercise for core strengthening
- stoma rehabilitation, hernia prevention, return to activities of daily living for persons with permanent and/or temporary ostomies
- referral to support services such as the Cancer Survivorship Program and Integrative Medicine specific to cancer diagnoses
- comprehensive home programs at conclusion of formal physical therapy
Most insurances are accepted, but the therapy/program coverage depends on individual insurance benefits. Discount programs are available for those who qualify.