August 18, 2023
A study in a European ob-gyn journal: it found women who get EARLY postpartum physical therapy (as soon as the first month after delivery) when they sustained 3rd or 4th degree tears (into their anal sphincter regions) recover better and faster in resolving incontinence (which includes unexpectedly passing gas!) than those who wait until after the six week follow up to start. SO DON’T WAIT. Don’t let your MD dismiss your pain or your concerns.
In many European countries, postpartum or pelvic PT is the STANDARD OF CARE; you get a script on your way out of the hospital or even start while you’re still there. In our litigious American society, it can take women months or years of discomfort or embarrassment or outright begging an MD for a script to end up working with a pelvic or postpartum PT.
The thing that pains me most is when my patients say, “I wish someone had told me about pelvic PT instead of me waiting around and suffering so for long…” or “I wish I knew what was and wasn’t normal after delivery but I was told to wait it out…” I could go on (& on & on), but you get it. Give me a call and let’s see how we can jumpstart your recovery!
Here’s the synopsis:
and the full study: