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What is a Women's Physical Therapist?

Women’s Health Physical Therapists are musculoskeletal experts that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the pelvic region including the pelvis, sacrum, sacroiliac joints, coccyx, as well as, the vulva, vagina and colorectal regions. Our physical therapists are spine experts, and with a high percentage of pelvic floor pain and dysfunction linked to the spine, this means you will receive the most comprehensive approach to care available in Arizona.

What does Women's Physical Therapist treat?

A Woman’s Health Physical Therapist has advanced post-doctorate training in the management of a wide array of pelvic floor dysfunctions and pelvic pain conditions as they pertain to females.

The following conditions can be successfully managed by our One Accord Woman’s Health Specialist:

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: This may include pelvic organ prolapse and bladder dysfunctions including frequency, urgency, retention and/or incomplete emptying issues.

  • Incontinence: Including urinary stress, urge, mixed, or overflow incontinence.

  • Pelvic Pain: Including vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, dyspareunia, vaginismus, coccydynia, levator ani syndrome, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, and painful defecation.

  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Care: Including obstetrical low back pain, sacroiliac joint pain, pubis symphysis, sciatica, and diastasis recti.

  • Pre-Post Surgical Care: Including care related to hysterectomy, cesarean, episiotomy, sling procedure, prolapse repair, and radiation therapy.

  • Low back and/or hip pain secondary to pelvic floor dysfunction or pain.

What are the different types of treatments a Woman’s Health Physical Therapist may use?

These are a few examples of the specialized interventions that may be part of your comprehensive treatment plan:

  • Patient education: You'll learn exactly what’s wrong, how long it is going to take to get better, and what you can do at home to help your recovery.

  • Prescriptive exercises: These are designed for your specific presentation so your relief is long-lasting and self-managed.

  • Functional training: Programs designed and tailored specifically so you can enjoy the activities that are important to you and your quality of life.

  • Soft tissue mobilization: Used to relieve muscle tension and treat adhesions caused by scar tissue, swelling, trauma, and spasms.

  • Joint mobilization: Utilized to loosen restricted joints and increase the range of motion.

  • Spinal manipulation techniques: Utilized to restore joint motion, relax muscles, and relieve pain.

  • Breathing/relaxation training: Prescribed to restore optimal coordination and activation of the pelvic floor musculature.

  • Dry needling: An advanced therapeutic modality that is effective in treating soft-tissue injuries and aiding in the treatment of chronic pain conditions.

  • Biofeedback training: Used to help bring body awareness and control to help speed up your recovery.

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