When someone suffers from an injury, physical therapy provides an effective method to help them get back on their feet. But for patients who suffer from unique health challenges — like lymphedema or pelvic floor dysfunction — many standard physical therapy offices don’t provide the specialized care they require.
That’s where Physical Therapy Services of Lansing comes in.
“We are the only clinic in Lansing that will treat lower extremity lymphedema if there’s a presence of a wound,” said Saige Richardson, practice partner of Physical Therapy Services of Lansing.
Lymphedema is the swelling of arms and legs that often occurs as a result of damage to the body’s lymphatic system. This swelling can cause a feeling of heaviness or tightness, restricted range of motion, aching and discomfort and puts patients at an increased risk of infection. If left untreated, the skin can begin to break down, causing open wounds. Because of this, many physical therapy offices are unwilling to see these patients after a wound has formed, leaving them without a place to find relief.
“We have a really big responsibility for this population that often falls through the cracks,” Richardson said.
Physical Therapy Services of Lansing also provides unique services for another group of frequently underserved patients — those who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. The term “pelvic floor” refers to the canopy-like group of muscles that stretch across the bottom of the pelvis, providing support to the bladder, reproductive organs and rectum. These muscles can weaken with age or injury, causing a number of health concerns. While these health challenges are extremely common, some patients can find it difficult and embarrassing to talk about with a health care provider. Richardson and her team pride themselves on creating a safe and relaxing environment so patients can feel comfortable and confident getting the therapy they need for these sensitive health concerns.
“I’m 100% a caregiver at heart,” Richardson said. “We provide a safe place for a lot of our patients. We’re a comfortable relaxed place for them to be.”
Looking ahead, Richardson is looking forward to investing in continuing education to increase her team’s knowledge of lymphedema and pelvic floor care. Her team, made up of two physical therapists and two physical therapist assistants, will continue to offer flexible hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to make sure that their services are available for anyone who needs them.
Physical Therapy Services of Lansing is at 3937 Patient Care Drive, Suite 105 in Lansing, 517.272-9320, ptsofmi.com/lansing-clinic. If you want to learn more about lymphedema or pelvic floor care, feel free to email Saige Richardson at SRichardson@ptsofwmi.com.