Pregnancy Related Disorders
A number of physiological changes occur during pregnancy which affect the musculoskeletal system and increase the risk of orthopedic injuries, including lower back pain, neck pain, weak or aching muscles and joints, and a tingling or weakness of the arms and legs. After delivery, weak abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, as well as painful scars resulting from a C-section are common. Our services include a musculoskeletal evaluation, mobilization techniques for affected joints and soft tissue, and instruction in exercises to correct problems.
Easing Pelvic Pain
A number of conditions may cause pain of the female pelvis which may greatly affect her body’s mobility and functions; consequently affecting her relationships and quality of life. Our physical therapists do assessments to identify whether or not a musculoskeletal problem is contributing to the pelvic pain. Treatment of pelvic pain includes pain-relieving measures, internal soft tissue mobilization, pelvic floor exercises, relaxation training, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercises.
Many patients who have had a mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, and/or radiation therapy experience such secondary symptoms such as swelling of the arm on the affected side, shoulder and neck pain, shoulder weakness, decreased shoulder mobility, and abnormal sensations of the arm pit. Physical therapy offers treatment to restore function of the arm, reduce swelling with lymph drainage techniques, normalize joint mobility, and establish neuromuscular control of the shoulder.
Urinary incontinence can be temporary when caused by infection, illness, medication side effects or immobility. Longer lasting incontinence can be caused by weakness of the pelvic floor, hormonal changes or neurological conditions.
Offered in a relaxed and private environment, our program is administered by a physical therapist, and has no risk or side effects. Patients are encouraged to try our programs before having surgery or to enhance surgical effectiveness. Our program includes a thorough screening/history and evaluation by a physical therapist. An individualized plan of care will be discussed that may include physical therapy, bladder training, health conditioning, education, home programs, pelvic floor muscle strengthening, posture re-training, and a long-term follow-up plan