WOMENS HEALTH FACTSHEETS

Find downloadable information on a number of Women’s Health associated subjects. At Alchemy in Motion our Women’s Health Physiotherapists have provided a brief summary of common injuries to enable people to source information easily.

Pregnancy & Postnatal

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Women can commonly experience carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) throughout pregnancy and also in the postnatal period. CTS occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve which travels through the carpal tunnel located on the underside of your wrist.

DE QUERVAIN'S TENOSYNOVITIS

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (DTS) occurs when two tendons at the base of thumb – Abductor Pollicis Longus (APL) & Extensor Pollicis Brevis (EPB) become inflamed & swollen. These tendons are responsible for thumb abduction (taking thumb away from the index finger) & extension (lifting thumb up & out).

MASTITIS

Mastitis occurs when breast tissue becomes inflamed usually as a result of blocked milk ducts. Mastitis can be infective in nature (full body fevers/chills) or non-infective. Symptoms range from reddened, hard, hot or shiny area on the breast, marked tenderness or pain and/or full body fevers, chills, aches & pains.

PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) occurs when the joints within the pelvic girdle – sacroiliac joints (SIJ) & pubic symphysis joint (PSJ) become inflamed & sore. The SIJ are the dimple joints at the bottom of the spine where the left & right pelvic bone connect with the sacrum (triangle bone at the bottom of the spine).

WHEN TO SEE A PHYSIO AFTER HAVING A BABY

To ensure a speedy recovery & optimise results, we highly recommend seeing your physiotherapist from 2 weeks post delivery. However, if you have concerns soon after  baby is born. You can see your physiotherapist before the 2 week mark to have these concerns addressed & commence rehab early.

Pelvic Pain

ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis is a female specific condition where cells similar to those that line the uterus (endometrial cells or endometrium), grow outside of the uterus in other parts of the body. In some women (not all) this can cause significant abdominal and pelvic pain, most often related to the menstrual cycle.

VULVODYNIA

VULVODYNIA means painful vulva. There can be pain in specific areas of the vulva or diffuse vulvar pain. A GP &/or specialist will help rule out other causes for vulvar pain (eg skin conditions; vaginal infections; sexually transmitted infections; factors associated with childbirth & vaginal delivery).

Bladder

NOCTURIA

Nocturia is the medical term for urinating overnight. Technically, it means that your bladder wakes you from sleep to wee overnight, but there can be other sleep disturbances that are still relevant and/or manageable.

Pelvic Floor

PELVIC FLOOR QUESTIONNAIRE

Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire which asks questions related to bladder and bowel function, prolapse symptoms and sexual function.

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