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You Are Not Alone

At Summit Rehab, we have 2 Pelvic Floor Dysfunction specialists that have earned doctoral degrees and work exclusively with patients experiencing pelvic floor disorders. If you are experiencing bladder leakage or Urinary Incontinence you are not alone. Incontinence affects one in 10 people (both women and men) and one in 5 women over the age of 40. Many will wait years before talking with a healthcare provider about the problem or seeking treatment for it. We are here for you and anyone afflicted with these conditions. There is no need to feel embarrassed about this condition. This is not a problem that you just have to “learn to live with,” as there are many treatment options available.

Types of Incontinence

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Physical Therapy Treatment for Incontinence

At Summit Rehab, your physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment for bladder leakage. It focuses on behavioral techniques to retrain the bladder muscle and strengthen the pelvic muscles. Your therapist will evaluate your bladder habits with a bladder diary and extensive history. You will learn techniques for putting the urge off so you will no longer have to run to the bathroom. They will test the strength of your pelvic muscles to determine an individualized strength program for these muscles; and educate you in how to use the pelvic muscles using biofeedback. You will feel empowered with the knowledge to get well and stay healthy and put incontinence behind you for good!

Further reading: www.incontinence.org

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain can be felt in many areas in and around the pelvis. Some common terms are dypareunia, vulvodynia, vaginismus, vestibulitis, Prostatodynia, Prostatitis, Proctalgia Fugax, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrom (CPPS), etc. If you have pain with intercourse, pain near the vaginal area, tail-bone pain, deep pain in the pelvic area, erectile dysfunction, or decreased libido, Summit Rehab can help you. Please call us or Click here to email, speak with your doctor or visit some of the links provided to find out more about physical therapy treatment for pelvic pain.

Pregnancy and Post-Partum

Many women suffer from back, hip, sacro-iliac joint or pubic pain during pregnancy. Some women also have problems with incontinence and pelvic pain. At Summit Rehab, our women’s health physical therapists have helped many pregnant women to decrease pain and symptoms of incontinence.

Let us help you to enjoy your pregnancy and feel better post-partum.  Your therapist will help you develop an individualized strength program to maintain pelvic and low back stability throughout each trimester; and, teach you pain management techniques and comfort positions to manage symptoms yourself.

Child Bowel and Bladder Difficulties

Did you know 20% of pediatrician visits for for children’s incontinence problems, or that 15% of gastrointestinal doctors visits are for bowel dysfunction? Many children suffer from embarrassing bowel and bladder difficulties, ranging from urine leakage, constipation, or bowel leakage. These can lead to behavioral changes in the child, leaving them feeling isolate and embarrassed. Parents become frustrated with endless doctors appointments and excessive laundry.

Here at Summit Rehab & Wellness, we can treat these challenges both the child and parent are facing? Pediatric pelvic physical therapy can help educate the child and their parents on how the muscles might be too weak, too tight, or simply poor bowel/bladder habits. Physical therapy is non-invasive and can help the child overcome fears and embarrassment of their conditions.

Our trained pelvic physical therapist at Summit Rehab & Wellness can help kids and parents with:

  • Nighttime bedwetting of bowel and bladder
  • Daytime wetting of bowel and bladder
  • Stress incontinence
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Urinary frequency/urgency
  • Bowel frequency/urgency
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Constipation

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A combination of urge and stress incontinence

Urge Incontinence may also be called overactive bladder or detrusor instability.  This occurs because the bladder muscle becomes irritated and signals the brain with an urge to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.  The bladder contracts before the pelvic muscles can prevent leakage.  Most people with urge incontinence experience “triggers” such as the key hitting the lock or running water.  Urinary frequency and urinating several times at night are both common complaints with this condition.

The most common form of leakage, stress incontinence happens during activities that place increased pressure on the bladder and pelvic muscles.  Because the pelvic muscles are weak, they are not able to control the force and leakage occurs. Most often leakage occurs with coughing, sneezing, exercise or laughter.

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Jon Hereth, PTA, CKTP

Jon graduated from MCC-Penn Valley and became licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2009. Professionally, Jon’s interests include sports and orthopedic physical therapy, ACL and injury prevention, and following a movement-based approach popularized by the works of Gray Cook, Charlie Weingroff, Dr. Vladimir Janda and Dr. Stuart McGill. As a therapist and athlete, Jon enjoys looking at the biomechanics of human movement in order to help patients achieve maximum performance in their own lives. An active strength athlete and highland games competitor, Jon has become one of the “go-to” rehab specialists for strength and barbell sports across the area. Currently, Jon lives in Lee’s Summit with his two boys Justus and Titus, where everyday is a new adventure.

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Stefanie Berry, PT, DPT, CSMT

Stefanie graduated from Avila University in 2008 with her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011 from Rockhurst University. She joined the Summit Rehab team in 2011. Her professional interests include orthopedics and manual therapy. She recently completed her Certified Spinal Manual Therapist (CSMT) certification through the International Spine and Pain Institute. In her free time, Stefanie enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, boating, water skiing, and having fun at the Lake of the Ozarks. She lives in Raymore with her husband and black lab Domino.

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Randy Herald, BS, NCTMB, LMT – Office Manager

Randy has been with Summit Rehabilitation and Wellness Center since we opened our doors in February 2005. After growing up in Independence, MO, Randy attended Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK and received a Bachelor of Science degree. He also became a National Board Certified Massage Therapist in 2003 after completing his studies at Massage Therapy Training Institute in Kansas City, MO.

Beyond being an amazing office manager, Randy and his wife Julie have been married since 1994, and they have one daughter Brooke. They stay active in their church and with Brooke’s soccer team.

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Kelsey Beach, PT, DPT

Kelsey graduated from Southwest Baptist University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. During her time at SBU, Kelsey became interested in Pelvic Physical Therapy and became the first student from her school to do a full Pelvic Physical Therapy clinical rotation. Kelsey has continued this interest in her professional development, specializing in Pelvic Physical Therapy for both men and women suffering from bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunctions. Kelsey’s special interests include dyspareunia and vaginismus in women, and is starting her education in pediatrics pelvic physical therapy. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys training and competing in triathlons and making soap. Kelsey lives in the West Plaza.

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Jane Burnett, PT, MPT

Jane Burnett graduated from Mizzou with a BS in Exercise Science. She went on to pursue a Masters in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University. Jane has a decade of experience working with pulmonary patients. She has a special interest in balance / vestibular disorders and enjoys working with orthopedic and neurological clients. Jane is a co-owner of Summit Rehab and lives in Lee’s Summit with her son Ben. In her spare time she enjoys watching her son Ben run cross country and track for Lee’s Summit West.

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Cory Faris, PT, MPT, CSMT

Cory is a co-owner and director of Physical Therapy at Summit Rehab and Wellness. Cory graduated from Rockhurst University with his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. During his time at Rockhurst, he was able to participate in a study furthering the research involving female athletes and ACL injuries and developing injury prevention strategies. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Northwest Missouri State University where he majored in Biology and Psychology. His professional interests include sports and orthopedic physical therapy, ACL and injury prevention in the female athlete, along with spinal manual therapy and chronic pain education. Cory is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, certified through The International Spine and Pain Institute. In his free time he enjoys playing flag football, and coaching his two sons in soccer and baseball. Cory lives with his wife and two sons in Lee’s Summit, MO.

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Heather Evans, PT, DPT

Heather graduated from the University of Kansas in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in sports science, from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2005 with a master’s degree in physical therapy, and again from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2013 with a post-professional doctorate of physical therapy. She joined the Summit Rehab team in 2007. Heather began working in orthopedics however she has focused on pelvic floor physical therapy since 2009. She has completed all three levels of pelvic floor physical therapy courses by the American Physical Therapy Association as well as additional courses on pregnant and post-partum patients. In the pelvic floor physical therapy program, Heather works with patients (male and female) who have incontinence, pelvic pain, post-surgical abdominal/pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, vulvodynia, urinary urgency/frequency, constipation, painful intercourse, pain with pregnancy, post-partum difficulty, and additional conditions.

Heather works part-time, offering appointments as early as 7 am and as late at 5 pm. Outside of work, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and twin toddlers, competing in running and triathlons, and cheering on the Jayhawks.

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