When to start postpartum physical therapy

Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, shares advice for new moms on the best and most effective time to begin physical therapy treatments to help restore your body after giving birth
When To Start Postpartum Physical Therapy
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When to start postpartum physical therapy

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Postpartum physical therapy for a new mom can begin any time that woman and her physician say to go for treatment. It may be as early as two weeks, if there's pain issues. Under normal circumstances, a woman will go after their six week check up, after a vaginal delivery, to make sure their uterus is back to normal; and they are ready to begin a normal exercise regime or a program of therapy. In a woman that's had a c-section, typically, that will be an eight week visit. It's up to the woman and the physician to decide, if there's pain issues to come sooner; if there aren't pain issues, only strengthening issues, to come at the designated time, six and eight weeks.

Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, shares advice for new moms on the best and most effective time to begin physical therapy treatments to help restore your body after giving birth

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Deena Goodman, PT

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Deena Poll Goodman, PT, WCS, BCIA-PMDB is the Founder and Director of Goodman Physical Therapy, Inc in West Los Angeles, CA. She is a licensed Physical Therapist with over 22 years of experience specializing in urogynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics, and pelvic health and wellness.  Goodman is one of the first in the nation to have received Board Certification as a Women's Health Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. She treats men and women in her private practice for pelvic and sexual pain issues, and has a passion for helping prenatal and postpartum women get their bodies back in shape. She is internationally recognized for her work in pelvic floor rehabilitation, and developed and implemented many programs during the 12 years she was on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center including mom and baby exercise classes. 

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