Duke Physical and Occupational Therapy has specialists equipped to assist in all of your musculoskeletal needs during pregnancy and after the arrival of your child. We look forward to working with you and your physician with the common goal of ensuring a healthy, active, and comfortable pregnancy.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and child care are all happenings that result in important physical changes and new stresses on a woman’s body.
For example, increases in blood volume can cause swelling while hormonal changes can contribute to foot and back pain. Incontinence can be the result of stress to the pelvic floor during labor and delivery. Musculoskeletal issues can become a greater problem as new baby care introduces stressors into the new mother’s routine.
Effective and safe interventions are available through Duke University Hospital to both prevent and treat these issues.
After a thorough musculoskeletal examination, your physical therapist may recommend and provide some of the following interventions:
Services are also available for pregnant women who have not experienced any musculoskeletal complaints. Intervention for women with problem-free pregnancies include:
Obstetric physical therapy services require a physician’s referral and approval by your insurance carrier.
Appointments can be made by calling 919-684-2445 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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