Women’s Health Physiotherapy Team

Who we are

physio discussing pelvis with pregnant ladyThe Women’s Health Physiotherapy Team is based at both Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley District and General Hospital. The team is made up of Specialist female physiotherapists and therapy assistants who are all passionate about offering a high quality service to our patients. We ensure that all our patients are treated with dignity and respect and all information is treated in the strictest confidence.

The specialist areas of referral to our team are from obstetrics, gynaecology, colorectal and breast surgery.

What we do

Antenatal and Postnatal

We provide pre and postnatal outpatient appointments for women experiencing a range of pregnancy related problems. Women will be taught self-help advice and exercises to help with self-management of these problems. Further treatment options and provision of equipment may be provided depending on individual needs. 

We receive referrals from midwives, GPs and obstetricians. We also accept self-referrals from ladies who are pregnant and up to 3 months postnatal via the following email

womenshealth.physio@lthtr.nhs.uk

     Conditions treated include:

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Pregnancy related back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Abdominal diastasis
  • Bladder problems
  • Perineal trauma
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation

We also run an aquanatal class once weekly at Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre on a Tuesday at 12noon. Ladies can attend from 16 weeks of pregnancy. If you have any specific medical or pregnancy complications, please ensure you seek confirmation from your obstetric team that you are safe to attend.

Gynaecology

We receive referrals from the GPs and consultants for the following:

  • Prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence including stress incontinence, urgency and frequency
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction including, pain and sexual dysfunction

Colorectal

We receive referrals from the colorectal consultants for the following:

  • Constipation
  • Obstructive defaecation
  • Anal Incontinence

Breast Care

We offer physiotherapy to patients who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. This includes men and women who have undergone:

  • Mastectomies
  • Lymph node surgeries
  • Wide local excision with lymph node surgery
  • Breast reconstructive surgeries following a breast cancer diagnosis.

Patients will receive pre-operative advice prior to their surgery and a physiotherapy outpatient appointment following their surgery. As part of this rehabilitation process, we also offer a weekly circuit exercise class to support you in your return to exercise.

If you have had previous breast cancer surgery and feel you have ongoing problems related to this, your breast care nurse or GP can refer you back to physiotherapy.