Which Health Assessment is for Me?
1. WOMENS HEALTH ASSESSMENTS (INITIAL)
a. Post Natal Screening (30mins – $105)
For women who have no pelvic floor related symptoms and no significant abdominal separation but would like to check the function of these muscles with real time ultrasound. If information from the birth history or ultrasound findings suggest a need for further assessment and treatment, a follow up appointment will be recommended. There is not sufficient time in the appointment to prescribe home exercises
b. Post Natal Screening (45mins – $145)
For women who have known abdominal separation and no pelvic floor related symptoms. Includes ultrasound assessment of the pelvic floor function and detailed assessment of the abdominal muscles as well as advice and prescription of home exercises. If information from the birth history or ultrasound findings suggest a need for further assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor, a follow up appointment will be recommended
c. Post Natal Screening (60mins – $170) $136 until 1st Nov
For women who have pelvic floor related symptoms or would like the more informative vaginal assessment of their pelvic floor muscles to check muscle strength (strength cannot be assessed by ultrasound). Includes assessment of any abdominal separation if relevant. Advice, treatment and follow up plan devised depending on findings
2. WOMENS HEALTH (SUBSEQUENT)
a. 30 Minutes ($90)
b. 45 Minutes ($145)
3. MSK PHYSIOTHERAPY
For women with any musculoskeletal injury or pain (including pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain). This assessment will comprise of identifying the cause of pain and hands on treatment, advice, education and exercise prescription as required.
a. Initial (30 mins $110)
b. Subsequent ( 30 mins $90)
Health funds vary considerably in their rebates for physiotherapy – consult your own health fund to check. We use the following codes:
Initial Consult (Code 500)
Subsequent Consult (Code 505 or 593) – Please check with your health fund which code allows the best rebate for you
We aim to partner with the best of the best in women’s health as we know the importance of getting it right. With limited time and resources being a mum, you simply don’t have the time to shop around and end up with a poor service.
We have in house women’s health physios who offer a service right the way from pregnancy related aches and pains to any sports related injuries.
Not only that, but we work together as a team to get you through your pregnancy with as few hiccups along the way. Not only that, but knowing the end to end story of your health from a Physio and exercise perspective, we can get you bouncing back post natally in the right way.
5 Reasons you may need to see a women’s health physio:
- You’ve recently had a baby
The childbearing year is a vulnerable time for your pelvic floor. Embarking on exercise which is too vigorous for your pelvic floor can unmask some of the symptoms below. Everyone is different which is why an individual assessment can guide your safe return to exercise. We can also assess any abdominal separation and advise on suitable exercises.
- Leakage of urine (or flatus or faeces) with cough, sneeze or exercise
While this symptom is common, affecting up to 1 in 3 women who have ever had a baby regardless of delivery mode, it is never normal. A women’s health physio can assess your muscles and assist you to do pelvic floor exercises correctly.
- Urinary Urgency +/- leakage
Sudden, extremely strong urge to empty the bladder which may result in leakage on the way to the bathroom. There can be many contributing factors to this problem – a women’s health physio can help solve the puzzle. Drinking less water and emptying the bladder prior to a gym class is NOT the answer.
Descent of one or more of the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, rectum) into the vaginal space which is felt as lump, bulge or heaviness. Can be exacerbated by exercise or at the end of a day being on your feet. There is good evidence that pelvic floor exercises, sometimes with other strategies, can reduce the symptoms of prolapse.
Pain in the vaginal area, aggravated by intercourse, tampon use or certain exercises, can be a sign that the pelvic floor is working too hard (yes, that is possible). A woman’s health physio can help you learn to relax the pelvic floor as well as other strategies to alleviate the pain.