Pregnancy/Post-Partum

At Back in Action we provide expert women’s health and pelvic health physical therapy at our Apex location.  All care is provided one-on-one within a private specialty care suite to ensure privacy and comfort during your visits. 

We will begin your care with a detailed evaluation to fully understand your concerns and your treatment plan will be developed to met your specific goals.  Together we help men and women get back to living their fullest, healthiest life because in life there are no substitute players.

Pregnancy Care

A woman’s body experiences many amazing changes with pregnancy.  The thrill of pregnancy can also be accompanied by physical discomforts as the body shifts to accommodate the baby.  During pregnancy, the most common areas where women experience pain are the pelvic girdle, lumbar region, and hips.  Bu just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to live with discomfort.  Women’s health physical therapy provides guidance and treatment to overcome the aches and pains helping you to thrive during this phase of life.

We also work closely with your medical team to improve your birthing process.  Together we can outline specific recommendations to your birth plan based on your symptoms to reduce discomfort during delivery. 

The most common concerns of pregnancy:

  • Abdominal and core weakness
  • Back, hip, leg and foot pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Neck and upper back pain
  • Swelling
  • Exercise participation
  • Discomfort while sleeping
  • Preparation for childbirth

A complete physical evaluation is performed at the start of your care to determine your specific needs and areas of weakness.  Together, we develop a plan to enhance your function during pregnancy and after childbirth.  All care is provided in collaboration with your medical and healthcare team.  

Care for Mom

Postpartum physical therapy focuses on the overall physical health and well-being for women with children of all ages.  Most women continue to recover from pregnancy and childbirth for up to 3 years after the delivery, but some women continue to deal with physical changes for many years.  These physical changes cause pain and discomfort, difficulty returning to exercise and dissatisfaction with body appearance.  Untreated physical changes associated with pregnancy and delivery can develop into long term problems as women age.  For this reason, all women benefit from guided post-partum care to improve their health.  

Care for mothers often encompasses multiple areas of focus with the most common target areas being the abdominals, the inner core stability system and the pelvic floor muscles.  Abdominal separation (diastasis rectus) is often accompanied by bladder leakage and low back pain.  By addressing the whole woman, we can help you overcome ALL the changes of pregnancy and delivery returning you to feeling strong and healthy.

The most common concerns postpartum women have:

  • Abdominal weakness
  • Abdominal muscle separation (Diastasis rectus)
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Hip and back pain
  • Discomfort while feeding baby
  • Difficulty returning to exercise
  • Pain with caring for baby
  • Scar pain (cesarean scar or episiotomy/tear scars)
  • Breast pain
  • Breast engorgement

FAQs

Do I need a referral from my physician?

North Carolina is a direct access state for physical therapy services therefore a physician’s referral is not required unless you are using Medicare insurance. We do communicate with your medical providers as needed to improve your care.

What will happen at the initial consultation?

A complete physical evaluation is completed based on your concerns. Often this includes examination of your movement, core and pelvic floor muscles as indicated. Treatment and begin the same day as the initial consultation.

How many sessions will I need?

Together we will develop your treatment plan based on your needs. The exact number of visits is unique to symptoms but on average our patients benefit from 6-8 treatment visits.

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