Finding a Women’s Health Physical Therapist
Do you think you may need help from a women’s health physical therapist? Some indications include:
- Pelvic pain (in your pubic area, vagina, or rectum)
- Pain with bowel movements
- Pain with sex
- Incontinence (leaks or accidents) that does not have a clear medical diagnosis or continues beyond 6 weeks postpartum
- Diastasis recti (separation of your abdominal muscles)
Here are two lists to help you find a women’s health physical therapist: one from the American Physical Therapy Association and one from Herman & Wallace, a pelvic rehabilitation institute. If you don’t see a women’s health physical therapist listed near you, contact your local physical therapy clinic and ask where you can find a women’s health physical therapist. They’ll be able to direct you.
In most states you don’t need a physician’s referral to see a physical therapist, including a women’s health physical therapist, but many insurance companies do still require the referral for reimbursement purposes, so it’s worth a phone call to your healthcare insurance provider ahead of time.