Physical Therapy for Women's Health
Physical Therapists have a unique place in the rehabilitation needs of women. Musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment for post-surgical breast cancer, osteoporosis, pelvic pain, and the special needs of women during the childbearing years are included in the Women's Health Program at C.O.R.E. Physical Therapy.
Post-Surgical Breast Cancer
Physical Therapy is a key component often missing in the treatment of breast cancer. Many women are surprised by the associated loss of strength and function of the shoulder and decrease in the overall fitness level that usually accompanies breast cancer. We provide the breast cancer patient with a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Following surgery, an individualized and structured fitness program takes the patient through complete recovery in order to resume a healthy life.
Physical Therapy for Women with Breast Cancer
Working in consultation with the patient's physician, we will provide the participant with progressive follow-up care. The program includes not only traditional shoulder range of motion and strengthening exercises, but also education in total-body fitness, wellness and health promoting behaviors that can be incorporated into the client's life after therapy ends.
- Manual stretching and soft tissue massage of the shoulder girdle complex
- Instruct in exercise immediately following surgery
- Lymphedema education, risk reduction
- Lymphatic cording
- Exercise prescription during and after chemotherapy
- Reduce scar tissue adhesions
Osteoporosis is a weakening of bone caused by hormonal changes as a woman enters menopause. Exercise has been proven to help improve bone density. A physical therapist can prescribe a careful, individualized exercise program to preserve functional strength and encourage a more active lifestyle while decreasing the potential for falls and fractures.
Trauma to the pelvic floor muscle group can result from childbirth or accidental injury. Muscle and joint problems in the surrounding areas, such as the lumbar spine, hips and sacroiliac joints can contribute to pain and weakness in the pelvic floor. A physical therapist can assess and treat the results of these injuries, which result in improved symptoms and function.
Musculoskeletal Dysfunction in the Childbearing Years
During pregnancy and nursing a woman undergoes significant postural stresses and physical and hormonal changes that can cause or contribute to musculoskeletal problems that are treatable by physical therapists. Evaluating and managing pain associated with pregnancy will allow a more active, healthy lifestyle and greater postural stability and strength for the physical challenges of childcare.