Kelsie Kaiser, DPT, had been treating a woman for hyper-mobility. One day the patient introduced Kaiser to her transgender son — he had just had chest masculinization surgery (top surgery) and hoped that the physical therapist could help him recover. As Kaiser treated him, she discovered a passion for serving transgender patients.

The availability of physical therapy as part of gender-affirming care is expanding, thanks to specialists like Kaiser. As accessibility grows, physical therapists, patients and their loved ones have discovered just how crucial proper treatment can be to a patient’s physical recovery and emotional well-being.

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