Women’s Health Physical Therapy addresses the unique musculoskeletal problems of the pelvic region that can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life. Therapeutic Associates strives to provide comprehensive therapy services to women of all ages. Our professional and caring staff have specialized training to meet the unique needs of women across the lifespan. Our goal is to improve your function, decrease your pain, and guide you on your personal path to improved health and wellness.
Could I Benefit from Women’s Health Physical Therapy?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may benefit from physical therapy with a Women’s Health specialist to help reduce or eliminate your symptoms:
- Frequent urination or waking at night to urinate
- Urgency to urinate or a sense you can’t make it to the bathroom in time
- Urinary leaking
- Pain with gynecological exams or intimacy
- Pressure or bulging sensations in the vagina or a feeling that body tissue is falling out
- Body pains during or after pregnancy
- Painful scars from caesarian-section or episiotomy/tearing during childbirth
- Abdominal weakness after childbirth/caesarian-section
Do I Need a Referral?
In many states, Physical Therapists can be legally seen directly without a referral under what is known as ‘direct access.’ However, some insurance companies require referral in order to pay for your treatment. As a convenience to you, all Therapeutic Associates locations will gladly verify your insurance benefits prior to your first visit.
What to Expect
At your first visit, a physical therapist trained in pelvic floor muscle dysfunction will do an in-depth evaluation. This will include a general medical history, a history related to your current condition, and questions about your eating, drinking, and voiding habits. Your posture and your hip and abdominal musculature will be checked for contributing factors such as tightness and weakness. The muscles of your pelvis (the pelvic floor) will be evaluated to determine any weakness and lack of coordination that may be present and contributing to your incontinence. This may include an external assessment to determine if you can isolate this muscle group, and an internal assessment to determine your strength of these muscles, as well as the anatomical position of your muscles and the organs they support.
You will leave your visit with a better understanding of your current symptoms and condition, along with a detailed plan of care and home exercise program.
How to Get Started
Treatment is specialized and focused on the individual needs of each of our patients and can include various specialized techniques. Prior to treatment, we recommend the following to get started:
- Get a thorough examination from your physician to rule out any medical conditions
- Schedule an appointment with one of our Women’s Health specialists at one of our participating locations
- Complete the New Patient Forms: Click to download 3 forms (PDF packet) >
- Complete the Pelvic Questionnaire/Health History: Click to download PDF
Common Health Problems and Diagnoses
- Musculoskeletal pain related to pregnancy and post-partum
- General pelvic pain disorders
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Constipation related to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
- Dyspareunia or painful sexual intercourse
- Osteoporosis and fall prevention
- Vulvar pain syndromes
- Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
- Irritable Bowel Dysfunction (IBS)
- Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
- Orthopedic injuries
- Low back pain
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Mastectomy rehabilitation
- Hysterectomy rehabilitation
- Cesarean and vaginal delivery rehabilitation
- General wellness and education
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