Our Women’s Health physical therapists have advanced, specialized training in the management of musculoskeletal conditions during and after pregnancy that may lead to pain and dysfunction.
During the prenatal period, physical and hormonal changes occur, which can affect the musculoskeletal system. These changes include altered posture, shortened muscles, potential muscle imbalances, as well as changes in spinal mobility and bony alignment.
During the postpartum phase, fluctuating hormone levels combined with additional physical changes as a result of delivery may also result in musculoskeletal concerns, such as excessive joint mobility, potential muscle imbalances, weakness of the core stabilizers and altered spinal mobility and function.
Diagnoses treated (but not limited to):
The goal of physical therapy during the prenatal and postpartum periods is to address spinal and pelvic joint dysfunction, instruct in exercises to address muscle weakness and imbalance, as well as provide guidance and instruction related to the modification of ADLs that may be difficult during these phases of life.
Treatment options vary by condition and may include: