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Pelvic Pain

This type of pain can have many serious causes, which must be evaluated by a physician. After all diseases have been ruled out, physical therapy can be helpful. Spasm of the pelvic muscles are often one of the causes. Treatment may include biofeedback, pelvic muscle re-education exercises, postural re-training and special emphasis on breathing patterns and decreasing the tone of the muscle during functional activities.

Back Pain

Muscle imbalance is a common cause of upper and lower back pain. Usually the abdominal muscles are weak and the back muscles are too tight from trying to support the body without any help from the abdominal’s. Treatment consists of postural re-training, strengthening and flexibility exercises, and learning how to carry out your daily activities. If necessary, other physical therapy modalities such as manual therapy, heat or cold may be used for persistent pain.

Pregnancy-related Discomfort

Pain in the back, groin or hips is the most common complaints during pregnancy. This often results from tight or weak muscles and their effect on the joints of an already mobile pelvis. Physical therapy interventions consist of manual therapy to correct positional misalignment, identifying those muscles and prescribing an exercise program to correct them. The woman’s changing posture is evaluated and a customized strengthening and fitness program will be developed. Wrist pain and upper neck and back pain can also be treated.

Incontinence and Constipation

Incontinence is the leaking of urine or feces at the wrong time and place. Most often this occurs when pelvic floor muscles are weak. Constipation can be caused by dietary choices and dehydration as well as incoordination of the pelvic floor muscles. After evaluation by your health care provider, treatment includes evaluation of these muscles and learning how to strengthen and use them to control the leaking. This is effective for both stress incontinence (leaking with coughing, sneezing or jumping) and urge incontinence (having to go so badly you cannot make it to the toilet).

Pre and Post-surgical Rehabilitation

Strengthening the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles before and after any abdominal or gynecologic surgery is an important physical therapy intervention to improve function and mobility after surgery. Special lifting techniques may be needed to allow you to perform your daily activities without stressing your incision. A gentle, effective cardiovascular exercise program can be designed for your unique needs to get you back on your feet more quickly.

Postpartum Rehabilitation

After the baby is born, the process of strengthening stretched muscles and losing weight begins. Often the mother focuses all of her attention on the baby and neglects her own health needs. A comprehensive strengthening, flexibility and fitness program is designed according to the woman’s needs, keeping in mind she does not have much spare time.

Women have unique health problems to face throughout the lifecycle.

Hormonal changes can cause imbalances between muscle groups in the body and ligament laxity. Back pain during pregnancy, leakage of urine or feces with laughing, sneezing or exercising, weak abdominal muscles after pregnancy, pelvic pain, symptoms of fibromyalgia… these problems and others can range from inconvenient to incapacitating.

Now, specialized physical therapists can help you treat these problems. Using exercise and functional techniques tailored to you individual needs, we can help you control your body controlling you.

After your health care practitioner has determined that your condition does not require medical treatment, he or she will give you a referral for physical therapy. Most insurance covers physical therapy services and private pay options are available as well. Both Tracy Norvell, PT & Kim McBride, DPT at our Barkley office can help you

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