What is a women’s health or pelvic health physical therapist?
As a physical therapist, we are trained to assess the musculoskeletal system and body as a whole, treating the neck, back, shoulders, knees, and feet, etc.. But Pelvic health physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts in the area associated with the pelvis (SI joints, coccyx, sacrum), including vaginal and rectal regions. Specially trained in treating women throughout the lifespan as her body changes with stages of life (pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, etc).
Advanced training is required to work in this field. With your consent, a women’s health PT has the training to perform internal vaginal and rectal exams in order to thoroughly assess your dysfunction and help you reach your personalized goals. Pelvic floor therapy targets the pelvic floor muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues and assess for faults within the pressure system that can lead to prolapse, constipation, incontinence, and pain.
What should I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit includes a thorough interview process to help understand your concerns and symptoms, a physical exam including musculoskeletal tests (posture, strength, flexibility, movement patterns), and may include an internal pelvic assessment after thorough explanation, discussion, and consent. You are welcome to accept or decline any portion of the exam.
By the end of the first session, you can expect some education on your condition, initiation of a home program including self-strategies for pain relief. We will discuss your treatment plan, length of treatment, and treatment options to meet your goals. I strive to make this treatment plan fit into your life and be manageable and achievable.
Your follow up treatments could involve any combination of these treatment options.
How often will I need to see you?
Frequency and duration of sessions are customized to meet your goals as every individual is unique (our bodies are made to self-heal, sometimes just needing help to get there!). With that said, most clients notice significant improvement in 2-4 sessions.
Do you accept insurance?
Caron Physical Therapy, LLC is an Out-Of-Network (OON) provider for all insurance companies. This means I am able to treat you, in your home without limits imposed by the insurance industry. You are in charge of your health and I work with you to determine the frequency and depth of treatment according to your needs, not your insurance company’s guidelines. I can provide a superbill that acts as a receipt which you can use for reimbursement from your insurance company. You may choose to submit bills following each visit, one time per month, or at any other interval, typically up to one year following your treatment visit. Each insurance policy is different. Please call and ask if your plan has “out of network” benefits for Physical Therapy. Use this Benefits Checklist when you call to ensure you ask the right questions.
What form of payment do you accept and when is it due?
Accepting cash, check, or debit/credit/HSA cards. Also PayPal, Venmo, and ChasePay. Returned checks will be subject to a $25 fee. Payment is due at the time of service.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please provide a 24-48 hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment. A last minute cancellation will not only delay your care but also prevents us from scheduling another patient. Please be aware that we charge $25 for each appointment that is missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.