1. I've never heard of a Pelvic Health PT...what types of things do you treat?
Pelvic Health has been around for quite some time, but is often not commonly discussed. As a PFPT, we can treat many orthopedic issues as you would expect a PT to treat, but have specialized training to address conditions surrounding the pelvis and reproductive organs. Dr. April has had many hours of continuing education to allow her to specialize in this area. Some symptoms that she treats include:
2. Do I need my doctor to send a referral before I can see you?
No! Idaho is a Direct Access state, which means you can choose whichever DPT for your care that you feel comfortable with! We are considered "Out of Network" for Insurance companies, so your payments to Destinations Physical Therapy can be applied to that deductible. Just ask Dr. April for a Superbill to submit - its as easy as that!
3. I'm pregnant and in pain, but I'm concerned that PT may hurt me or my baby. What can I do that's safe for us both?
We never do anything that would be unsafe for you or your baby. That said, we often speak with your midwife or OB, especially if you are a high-risk pregnancy, to ensure that we, as a part of your care team, are working together in the best way possible. Dr. April has had extensive training in working with the pregnant and postpartum population, so she knows the safest ways to work with you as you navigate this stage of your life.
4. What can I expect for my evaluation and visit?
Each PT session is approximately 60mins to allow for a full assessment and treatment of the whole person. The first appointment includes a discussion about symptoms, lifestyle and medical history. The therapist will conduct an abdominal and pelvic floor assessment, evaluate posture and mobility to identify and explain throughout how physical therapy can help. If necessary, and with appropriate consent, your PT may conduct an internal assessment of your pelvic floor function. Dr. April will develop a plan of care with you and together discuss how to best get you back to the activities that are meaningful to you!
5. How long will it take me to get better?
As with most things in life, it depends. Everyone is unique and has a separate set of circumstances coming into PT, making it difficult (and unfair!) to try to compare one person's progress with another. That said, after your initial evaluation Dr. April will provide you with options and a suspected timeline for progress given your unique symptoms and goals. Together you'll work as a team and adapt/adjust as needed - this is not "cookie cutter" PT! Each person is treated specifically to their needs. Much of the progress patients have is dependent on the patient completing their home exercises. So, the sooner you start, the sooner you can see results!