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Women’s Health

Women can experience different musculoskeletal pains due to hormonal changes, ligamentous laxity, and postural stresses during pregnancy and postpartum.


Pregnancy / Postpartum

At Four Pines Physical Therapy you will be evaluated and treated with an individualized program to help manage your symptoms.
Interventions May Include

  • Spinal and or pelvic mobilization/manipulation
  • Fitting of support belts to control sacroiliac joint or lower back pain
  • Exercises to strengthen over-used or weakened muscles
  • Massage to relieve pain and increase circulation
  • Fitting for compression stockings for varicose veins in the legs and or labia
  • Education for proper body mechanics at work and home for both prenatal and post partum time periods
  • Pelvic floor assessment and intervention for urinary incontinence or pelvic pain

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis occurs when bones become thin and porous and are prone to fracture.  It is a silent condition until a bone breaks, and then can be very painful.  In fact, hip fractures in the elderly are a common cause of permanent disability and even death.  Spinal compression fractures or wedging are also risks with osteoporosis.  
Diet and exercise are two very important components of prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.  
Physical Therapy Interventions include:

  • Instruction about positions and activities to avoid
  • Weight bearing exercises to strengthen bones
  • Postural instructions to reduce strain on bones
  • Education and Treatment for balance activities to reduce risk of falls
  • General conditioning and stretching.

Post Operative Breast Cancer

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer often have the breast partially or completely removed with or without lymph node removal.  Other cancers can also involve surgical removal of tissue (uterine, cervical, prostrate etc).  Chemotherapy, and/or radiation may follow the surgery.  Some women elect to have breast reconstruction when their treatment is completed.  Some people have problems with scar tissue from surgery and/or radiation and develop loss of mobility due to their interventions.  About 28% of women will also develop lymphedema, a swelling in a limb due to the back up of the lymphatics.  Early intervention for scar tissue restrictions and for lymphedema is very important for the most beneficial outcomes.
Physical Therapy Interventions Include:

  • Scar Tissue Management
  • Exercises for range of motion, strengthening and circulation
  • Return to full activity
  • Education for prevention of lymphedema