Women experience many unique musculoskeletal conditions, including musculoskeletal symptoms caused by breast cancer and pregnancy-related pelvic floor dysfunction, to name a few. These conditions, and the chronic pain associated with them, can be managed in some cases with the help of physical therapy.
At Alliance PTP, we aim to help women struggling with musculoskeletal disorders to live independently and as painlessly as possible.
Keep reading to learn how we help women to achieve an improved quality of life using safe and personalized physical therapy treatment plans.
Conditions We Treat
We treat women for a range of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. Here are just a few of them:
- Abdominal and pelvic concerns
- Pelvic/vaginal pain
- Prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal pain
- Rehabilitation following breast surgery
- Lower back pain
- Conditions specific to the female athlete
No matter which condition we’re treating a patient for, our goal is always to relieve pain, improve flexibility and increase overall functionality while reducing the need for surgery or potentially addictive medications. In cases where the patient has already undergone or is planning to undergo surgery, we use physical therapy to help them prepare for and recover from their procedure.
What to Expect During Treatment
Every treatment plan starts with the patient. Our specialists will assess your condition to determine the root cause of your symptoms — pain or otherwise — and determine a course of treatment to help you manage those symptoms.
Your physical therapy schedule may include any number of treatment methods and modalities:
- Stretches and exercise — Targeted stretches and exercises help to strengthen soft tissue and mobilize joints so the patient can move more comfortably and with less pain. Some form of exercise is used to treat almost every condition, from pelvic floor pain to fibromyalgia.
- Manual therapy — Manual therapy is a physical method in which the specialist uses their hands to manipulate the patient's joints and soft tissue physically. This method can alleviate tension in targeted areas, helping to relieve pain and restore mobility.
- Joint mobilization — Joint mobilization is a manual therapy that specifically targets the joints, aiming to increase each joint's range of motion so the patient can move more flexibly. Swollen or misaligned joints are often symptoms of arthritis and sciatica, but joint mobilization can help.
- McKenzie Method — The McKenzie Method is a specialized form of physical therapy designed to help patients manage pain stemming from issues in the spine. Because problems in the spine can affect the body's extremities, this technique is used to treat all types of conditions.
- IASTM — Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization is a manual therapy in which the clinician applies specialized contoured rods to the skin to relieve tension in the patient's soft tissue.
- Graston technique — The Graston technique is a specific form of IASTM designed to break up scar tissue and circulate blood to the injured area.
- Dry needling — Dry needling is a physical therapy modality that can relieve tension in tight muscles. This technique involves using tiny needles inserted into the skin to break up soft tissue.
Contact an Alliance clinic in your area to schedule an appointment today!