Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my evaluation take place?
Your evaluation and treatments take place where you want them. That means, if you want this to take place in your home, you got it! If you prefer a clinic, your office or gym, that is possible as well.
What if I'm not sure of my diagnosis?
You do not need a formal diagnosis, nor do you need a physician referral as PPH has direct access licensing waiving the need for a prescription. Your evaluation will provide you with a diagnosis and any referrals will be made, if necessary. For example. if you have pain in your pelvic region, we will work together to find the cause of your pain. If additional medical work-up is needed, you will be provided with recommendations.
What if I'm not comfortable with an internal examination?
Fortunately, most pelvic problems can be assessed, diagnosed, and treated externally. The internal examination provides your physical therapist with more detailed information about your condition and offers additional treatment options.
How often will I require treatment?
This can vary from person to person and can even change throughout your plan of care. For more complex issues, successful treatment may require you to be seen more frequently at first (1-2x/week) and can taper down to less frequent visits as you improve and are more independent with your home program. Less complex issues will not require consistent visits and can be spaced out every few weeks.
Can I still be evaluated with activity restrictions during my pregnancy?
While there are many activities that one can be restricted from, treatment for pelvic problems do not typically interfere with this. Particularly if you are in discomfort, pelvic physical therapy can help ease your pain while on bed rest or activity restrictions.
I don't have any current issues. How can PPH help prevent me from developing common pregnancy-related issues?
Being proactive and having your pelvis assessed can actually aid in smoother labor and deliveries and decrease your risk of developing pelvic health issues in the future. In PPH's prenatal assessment, you and your physical therapist will develop a plan, and home program to assist in your delivery. This includes perineal massage, pelvic floor optimization (strengthening/downtraining), and review in detail labor and delivery techniques to reduce damage to your pelvis.
I have trouble finding childcare-Can I still participate in physical therapy?
Having babies is what we are all about! Many times children are the root of our issues (lifting, carrying, breastfeeding, etc) so having your children present can aid in your recovery. Our mission is to do better for women, which includes allowing accessibility to healthcare when it is necessary, not only when you are able to find a babysitter.