Kelley Warner, PT, DPT, OCS
As most women do, I distinctly remember the moment my first son, Lucas, was born. I had always known I wanted to be a Mom, but as soon as that sweet baby boy was placed on my chest, my whole world was changed. My life now had meaning in a way it never had before.
Two days later, we were discharged home and I settled into my new routine of constant breastfeeding, diaper changes and sleepless nights. After one of my very first breastfeeding sessions, I stood up from my brand new glider and peed myself! My initial reactions were, “Is my epidural still wearing off??” and “How am I going to get this out of this brand new chair!?”.
Fast forward six weeks and I was cleared to start exercising. I was so excited to return to my normal fitness routine of walking, running and yoga, but I was in for a rude awakening! My first run ended within 2 minutes. I slowly walked home, humiliated, with a pair of wet underwear and shorts. I quickly learned I had a much bigger problem than I initially thought, and was leaking urine with any kind of running, jumping, or even yelling! I was furious with myself. With my background in physical therapy, how could I have let this happen? I had a very healthy pregnancy, exercised and did my kegels consistently, and had a quick and easy delivery.
Soon after that first run, I knew I had to do something to take control of my problem. I asked my OBGYN for a referral to see a Women’s Health Physical Therapist. After attending 2 sessions, I quickly realized there were so much more to my rehabilitation than just doing kegels. She gave me a lot of great advice on how to start my recovery journey and my enthusiasm for women’s health was ignited. This personal experience has been the driving force in my passion to educate women that these common post-partum issues are NOT NORMAL, and they CAN be fixed! Moms need to know that it is possible to get our mojo back and have the confidence to return to the activities we once loved.
Who knew that becoming a mom would not only change my outlook on life, but also give me a career that I’m truly passionate about.
Dr. Kelley Warner, PT, DPT, OCS received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2007. She then went on to complete the prestigious USC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2008, which was an intense year of both clinical and classroom training in the art and science of orthopedic physical therapy practice. Kelley obtained her Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy (APTA) in 2009. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through Herman & Wallace. Kelley currently specializes in manual therapy and orthopedics, with an emphasis in women’s health. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), member of the Section on Women’s Health (SOWH), and member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG).