Wendy Carels Providing Women’s Health Physical Therapy
Women experience many unique physical demands throughout their lives from adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth, raising young children, perimenopause, menopause and beyond. Each of these stages can bring with it unfamiliar pain or discomfort that women are unprepared or unable to manage and/or that they are uncomfortable discussing with others. Kinetic Physical Therapy is now offering women a place to come and have their unique physical concerns addressed by a women’s health physical therapist.
What do women’s health physical therapists do? With a growing emphasis on health, fitness and wellness women are more attuned than ever to their bodies during work, recreation and throughout life. A women’s health physical therapist is a healthcare specialist who has specialized training that is designed to benefit a variety of medical conditions specific to women. Some of these conditions include urinary incontinence or uncontrolled loss of urine, urinary frequency, pelvic pain, pregnancy related back pain and sciatica, postpartum pain and pain related to sexual intimacy. Many women are unaware that these conditions are very treatable.
Although few women want to discuss issues of incontinence, it is quite common with estimates that 25-50% of women experience stress incontinence alone. That means 1 to 2 out of every 4 women at some time in their lives experience some loss of urine when the pelvic floor undergoes stress due to laughing, coughing, sneezing, lifting or other physical exertion. Incontinence is a problem that affects older women, young women and even athletes. Many women are unaware that there are options available to them that do not involve products, medication or surgery. There are many types of incontinence including stress, urge and functional incontinence and specially trained physical therapists are prepared to help address all of these areas.
How will a women’s health physical therapist help me? On your initial visit the physical therapist will evaluate your symptoms and perform an examination to determine any abnormalities in your muscles and bones that may be causing them. The examination may find weakness or tightness of the pelvic floor muscles, core musculature or other muscles and joints in your body. The therapist will provide you with education on proper exercise, diet or behavioral patterns that will help you to resolve the problem. The therapist will use the latest evidence-based physical therapy approaches to individualize the right treatment plan to help you regain control and resume the lifestyle and activities you want.
We invite you to come meet with our women’s health physical therapist, Wendy Carels, to determine an effective treatment plan for you. Wendy received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Duke University School of Medicine in 1996. She began treating women’s health issues shortly after and continues to have a passion for assisting women of all ages, from young athletes to childbearing mothers to peri- and post-menopausal women, to resume their lives without pain or issues of incontinence. These services are covered by most insurances including Medicare. No referral is needed. Book Your Appointment Today.