Women can benefit from physical therapy throughout the lifespan. PT offers women a conservative approach to managing pain, decreasing medicine use and returning to an active lifestyle.
Carolina Physical Therapy Associates offers physical therapy in Greenville, Washington, Rocky Mount, Nashville, Dunn, Fuquay-Varina, Tarboro, Hamlet and Louisburg.
Diagnosis typically treated:
- Urinary Incontinence
- Back Pain
- Pelvic Pain/Dysfunction
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Orthopedic Issues
- Post Breast/Abdominal/Pelvic Surgery
How do I get started with Physical Therapy?
First, discuss your questions and concerns with your physician. Communication between your physician and your therapy team is essential and an integral part of your recovery.
Every patientʼs plan of care begins with a thorough evaluation.
A qualified physical therapist will measure your strength, range of motion, pain flexibility, mobility and function. From this evaluation, your therapist will determine what factors are contributing to your weakness, pain, loss of motion, postural abnormalities, or other symptoms. Every patientʼs plan of care is unique to his/her goals and desired level of activity. Restoring you to your prior level of independence and living is always a priority for your therapy team.
After surgery many women experience decreased range of motion, swelling, incision pain and muscle weakness. Physical Therapy can provide relief by using various interventions such as scar mobilization, patient education, postural training, edema control, pain relieving modalities and proper exercise programs.
A physical therapist can provide patients with a specialized exercise program specific to the needs of managing their condition. Education, individualized exercise programs, postural corrections, and patient education are the keys to success in “living” with chronic conditions.
General orthopedic conditions
Whether you have suffered a sports injury, had surgery, are suffering from frozen shoulder, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, decreased muscle strength, muscle tightness or decreased balance physical therapy can offer you assistance.
The pelvic area consists of multiple muscles and tissue. As in any muscle, pain can be caused by weakness, tightness, spasms or scar tissue adhesions. Many women experience pelvic pain or discomfort for years before seeking help. Pain can occur after surgery or childbirth, during intercourse, with prolonged standing or exercise. Physical therapy can help decrease pain utilizing various modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, biofeedback, soft tissue massage, strengthening programs and postural education/retraining.
Childbearing years should be a miraculous and pleasant time during a womanʼs life. It is often met with pain and discomfort. Many women experience low back pain, pelvic discomfort, decreased control of urine, leg pain and numbness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and severe leg cramps. PT can help many expecting women minimize the discomfort and enjoy this exciting time. PT intervention may include postural education, soft tissue mobilization, bladder education, strengthening/ stretching programs and pelvic floor strengthening. After delivery, PT can prove beneficial for women experiencing sacroiliac pain, weakened abdominal muscles, pain from incisions, pain during intercourse, or pelvic floor weakness/pain. Our therapists will work hard to equip you with the tools you need to not only recover, but to prevent future impairments.
Many women at some point during their lives will experience some form of urinary incontinence. Simple activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or not being able to get to the bathroom in time can result in an embarrassing loss of bladder control. Physical therapy can help women regain control by educating patients on the function of the pelvic floor muscles, bladder retraining, and use of electrical stimulation and / or biofeedback. Physical therapy can also benefit surgical candidates prepare their bodies for surgery, decreasing recovery time.