Prenatal (Pregnancy) Care
Many women endure these problems until delivery, often times due to the lack of awareness of what can be done or how physical therapy can help. Physical therapy can be a very effective tool in decreasing these symptoms and allowing your pregnancy to progress as comfortably as possible.
Treatment for pregnancy-related pain will depend greatly on your complaints and presentation. A thorough evaluation will be performed on your first visit in order to determine the most appropriate plan of care.
Often times if you experienced pain during pregnancy, this will decrease tremendously after delivery. However, the stress of labor and delivery in itself can create musculoskeletal complications, in addition to the changes that your body has gradually adapted to throughout the extent of your pregnancy, which will all likely need to be addressed in order to fully recover. Some of these issues can include:
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
- Low back pain
- Pain at the site of episiotomy
- Dyspareunia / Vaginal Pain
- Diastasis Rectus Abdominis
- Blocked Milk Duct
- Postural Dysfunction
It has been established that post-partum physical therapy decreases the likelihood of prolonged incontinence, chronic low back pain and can protect against issues with pelvic organ prolapse.