For Providers … Your Patients May Benefit from Obstetrics Physical Therapy!


February 17, 2011

By Karen Woodman, Obstetrics PT

Physical therapists are uniquely trained to treat musculoskeletal dysfunctions. An Obstetrics PT specializes in the evaluation and treatment of women during pregnancy having pain or dysfunction related to pregnancy, delivery, or postpartum. Postpartum problems may arise immediately after delivery or anytime during the first year.

Who should be referred?:

  • Back, sacral, hip, pelvic and rib pain
  • Neck or upper back pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet or other nerve symptoms
  • Decreased ability to perform work or home activities
  • Weak or tight muscles
  • Balance deficits
  • Urinary urgency or stress incontinence during pregnancy
  • Patients who desire to start or continue a safe exercise regimen
  • Diastasis rectus abdominus greater than 2 cm

Referrals can be phoned, faxed or emailed to:

Compass Rehabilitation Center
250 E. Saginaw Street
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 337-3080
Fax: (517) 337-3082

Please include the following information on the script:

  • Treatment diagnosis (back pain, sciatica, etc)
  • Please note OB or Postpartum on the script!!!
  • Any precautions
  • ‘PT eval and tx’ Attn: Obstetrics PT
  • Please include a frequency and duration for treatment (i.e. 3 times per week for 4 weeks)
  • If possible, please include the nurse’s name and direct number for PT staff to contact.

Please feel free to contact our office if we can be of assistance to you!