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The emphasis of the health sciences on fitness and wellness has brought to the public’s attention a need to pay closer attention to their bodies during recreation, work and throughout life. Many Physical Therapists (PTs) have specialized pelvic health and/or obstetric physical therapy training which will benefit women, men, transgender, children and elder populations with a variety of medical conditions. These therapists use every facet of their physical therapy training to evaluate and treat their diverse clients, promoting and enhancing health through the lifespan. All treatments are individually designed after a thorough evaluation.
If you are seeking a Physical Therapist, please note that not every Physical Therapist has undergone training to treat conditions such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, prenatal and postpartum pain or lymphedema and in some states you need to obtain a referral from your primary care physician before seeing a Physical Therapist.
- WCS – The WCS assures that the physical therapist has demonstrated proficiency in the treatment of the above conditions. The WCS (Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist Certification) is a certification granted by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Individuals earning this certification are physical therapists who have demonstrated proficiency in evaluating and treating a variety of women’s health diagnoses. Examples of these diagnoses include incontinence, pelvic floor pain, prenatal and postpartum care, breast and gynecological cancer care, lymphedema and considerations of treating the female athlete. WCS Certified physical therapists demonstrate this through a combination of clinical care, written test and submission of a case report.
- CAPP – The Certificate of Achievement in Physical Therapy is a certificate program granted by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. There are two types of CAPP certificates offered (CAPP-Pelvic and CAPP-OB). CAPP-Pelvic is awarded to certify that a physical therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training and testing program for the management of patients with diagnoses of pelvic health dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. CAPP-OB is awarded to certify that a physical therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training and testing program for management of pregnant and postpartum patients experiencing musculoskeletal dysfunction and high risk pregnancy.