Women’s Health Physiotherapists at Core Physiotherapy are trained in techniques to manage women’s pelvic health, incontinence, pregnancy and postnatal issues. One of the most common issues that our Women’s Health Physios can treat is Mastitis.
Mastitis/Blocked Milk Ducts
Mastitis is painful breast inflammation that can lead to infection if not treated quickly. You may have a red, swollen and painful breast. Mastitis can also cause fever and flu-like symptoms.
Inflammatory mastitis is usually caused by a blocked milk duct within the breast tissue. If left untreated, this can lead to acute bacterial mastitis, or the development of an abscess. To prevent bacterial mastitis, prompt treatment of the affected breast is best started at the first signs of inflammation.
How can Physio help?
Our Women’s Health physiotherapist will take a detailed history and assess the affected breast to determine the best treatment option. Therapeutic ultrasound may be used to help open the ducts and increase circulation to improve the flow of milk. By increasing the milk flow, it can reduce pain and swelling.
In most cases, therapeutic ultrasound is effective and an improvement in pain and lump size can be seen within in 1-3 sessions
Emergency Mastitis treatment is available at the following Core Physio locations:
Suite 4, The Hub Professional Centre, Christie Way, Aberfoyle Park, SA, 5159
50 Beach Road, Christies Beach, SA, 5165
166 Daws Road, Melrose Park, SA, 5039
153 Sturt Road, Dover Gardens, SA, 5048