What is Transgender Health?
One million Americans identify as transgender. There’s a growing body of data
supporting the health inequities experienced by them. Transgender individuals identify
with a gender that is different than their sex assigned at birth, as well as those whose
gender indentity does not conform to binary gender categories. These individuals may
choose to have procedures, interventions, and surgeries to transition to a gender that
matches their identity. At Agile, our pelvic and gender health certified specialists are
here to help you along your transgender health journey.
We have specially trained physical therapists that not only understand the sensitivity
around these issues, but also have the knowledge and training that can help you
recover quickly and fully. Make an appointment with our empathetic and trained
physical therapists today
What Surgeries Can Our Physical Therapists Help With?
Gender affirming surgeries include facial reconstruction, top surgeries, aimed at chest
reconstruction, and bottom surgeries which reconstruct genitalia. Male-to-female and
female-to-male surgeries include:
- Breast augmentation
Bottom surgeries are invasive in a multi-functional region of the body and can have negative
effects on your pelvic floor function resulting in scar tissue pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction,
and sexual dysfunction. Top surgeries can result in tightness, pain, reduced range of motion,
reduced strength, and a decrease in function for your daily activities.
How Can Physical Therapy Help With Your Transgender Health Journey?
Pelvic and gender health physical therapy can help! In our assessment, your pelvic and
gender health physical therapist will ask you questions about your symptoms and goals. In
addition, they will look at how you move, your strength, range of motion, and numerous
other factors to formulate a shared plan of care. Physical therapists have their Doctorate in
Physical Therapy, justifying their substantial medical knowledge that includes how transition
surgery affects a person’s body. They will work with your doctor to make sure they understand
everything about your particular case (reports, MRIs, X-rays etc.). They understand the
limitations of surgery so you can be pushed in the appropriate way to quicken your recovery.
While you might be pushed, our caring physical therapists will not allow you to do any exercise that may slow
your recovery or worsen your condition.
What Makes Agile Physical Therapy Different?
At Agile, we take a multifactorial approach to transgender health management and we
understand the emotional and physical impacts this journey can have on an individual.
Shared decision making and evidence-based medicine are the pillars of our treatments. There
are evidence-based exercises you can do TODAY to help decrease your current symptoms, get
back to being YOURSELF faster. Make an appointment with our trained physical therapists