Women's Health Issues
There are some conditions that women may be hesitant to discuss with their healthcare providers. The good news is that conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, lymphedema, those that occur during pregnancy and following birth, and others, can all be treated by a physical therapist, often with solutions that do not involve surgery or long-term use of prescription medications.
Women's Health Physical Therapists (WHPTs) have specialized education and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of both acute (new) and chronic (long-standing) conditions that specifically affect women. Use the resources below to learn more about how a physical therapist can get you back to enjoying life again.
Move Forward Radio
On Tuesday, May 15, at 7pm, an expert panel discussed women's health issues that can be prevented and treated by a physical therapist. Topics will include incontinence, pelvic pain, bowel/bladder problems, osteoporosis, chronic pain, lymphedema, pregnancy and post-partum conditions, and more.
Host Debbie Myers spoke with Pamela Downey, PT, DPT, WCS, of Miami, FL, and Rebecca Stephenson, PT, DPT, WCS, of Medfield, MA, both of whom are board-certified women's health physical therapists. Los Angeles gynecologist Judith Reichman, MD, author of Slow Your Clock Down: The Complete Guide to a Younger, Healthier You, also joined the discussion. Click here to listen.
Women's Health e-book
Women's Health Across the Lifespan is intended to provide insight into some of the many conditions common to women and the many ways in which a Women’s Health Physical Therapist can help to treat them.
Physical Therapist Symptoms and Conditions Guides
Physical Therapist Tips
Posture Tips for Moms
Proper Lifting Tips for New Moms
Preventing Low Back Pain in Pregnancy
Ask a PT
Can kneeling make my pelvic floor disorder worse?
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Can a physical therapist help with my low back pain during pregnancy?