Did you know that physical therapists can help with pelvic pain?
If you didn't, you aren't alone. Most doctors, even gynecologists, are not aware that PTs can help with pelvic pain and dysfunction.
The Section on Women's Health is a sub-organization under the umbrella of the American Physical Therapy Association; it was founded in 1977. Originally focused on the needs of women before, during, and after pregnancy, the scope has expanded to include a variety of female health issues such as:
- pelvic pain
- vaginal pain
- fibromyalgia and chronic pain
- rehab following breast surgery
The site primarily serves physical therapists, but there are a few key pieces here for patients.
First, there is a page briefly explaining how these specialized PTs can help different medical conditions, what certifications they may have, and why this specific education is necessary in order to help you.
There is also the awesome PT Locator. You select your symptoms and poof!, get a list of local providers who specialize in your complaint. How handy-dandy, especially since your doc may not be a source of referrals.
If you are all into science-y stuff, there are two things that may be of interest to you:
- You can subscribe to the Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy, or buy a specific article. The site doesn't seem to offer their entire catalog of articles, but it's a start.
- You can find research projects in which to participate, a great no-cost way to
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Even though the site is primarily aimed at physical therapists, it's worth a look-see, especially if you are curious about, or actively looking for, a PT.
I hope this week's round-up of Resource Spotlights help you on your healing journey.
Be well, darlin'!