Visit types: Office/Hospital;Virtual
Spoken languages: English
Interpreting services for other languages: No
Philosophy of care and typical treatment strategies: I take a comprehensive and individualized approach to treating patients with endometriosis. I primarily focus on manual therapy using myofascial release and connective tissue mobilization to reduce pain, but also use physical activity to improve a patient’s pain free function including addressing any range of motion or strength deficits that are negatively affecting their ability to function. Depending on the patient’s specific needs and goals, we may also be working to manage constipation, reduce pelvic floor muscle tension, or improve their ability to coordinate the muscles around their pelvis in order to improve their ability to participate in appropriate physical activities and reduce symptoms (such as tai chi or yoga). A comprehensive evaluation will help us determine each patient’s specific goals, which we will discuss and update regularly. Treatment includes an ongoing conversation where we review how each previous session went, and use that information to plan our new goals and treatment ideas moving forward.
I am mindful of concurring conditions often seen in patients with endometriosis, such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. and while I do not treat these specifically as a physical therapist, I understand the impact that these conditions can make as part of the big picture when treating a patient comprehensively and encourage them to seek care with specialists when appropriate. I collaborate with local specialists including gynecologists, gynecological surgeons, GI, urologists, nutritionists, naturopaths, etc. and believe that we all work together to provide the best care for our patients, addressing all of their needs.