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Recovered From Pudendal Neuralgia: Sheyoume’s Success Story

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast6 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast Pudendal neuralgia is a syndrome characterized by burning, stabbing pain in the territory of the pudendal nerve, which has a vast distribution in the pelvis. The symptoms can wreak havoc during ordinary daily activities such as sitting, exercising, going to the bathroom, and having sex. Nerves are physiologically different from muscles, therefore they heal differently than most …

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Is Cryotherapy an effective treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia?

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Sara Saunder12 Comments

  People recovering from pudendal neuralgia will tell you there is a lack of understanding about this diagnosis and treatment options in the medical community. Week after week, our blog, How do I know if I have PN or PNE,  is one of our most read posts. Recently there has been discussion about cryotherapy treatment for pudendal neuralgia. Sara Saunders, PT, …

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Pudendal Neuralgia Series 1: Interdisciplinary Conversations from IPPS 2015

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast7 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Pudendal Neuralgia seems to be a diagnosis that is more polarized and controversial than other pelvic pain diagnoses. Why? Over a series of posts we will look at the evolution of this diagnosis, and why we need the perspective of a pelvic floor physical therapist, pain management specialist Dr. Sheldon Jordan, and gynecologist/pelvic pain specialist/pudendal …

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A Second Look at Pudendal Neuralgia.

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast37 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast I treated my first patient with Pudendal Neuralgia in 2002. As a young, excitable pelvic floor physical therapist, I was on a mission to help people suffering from pelvic pain and thought it would be just like what they said in PT school: stretch, strengthen, achieve goals, discharge. So when my patient began treatment for PN, I …

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Pudendal Neuralgia Media Wrecking Ball: Why words matter

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast29 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast Most people dealing with the symptoms of Pudendal Neuralgia (PN) will tell you reading about PN, mostly online, can be traumatizing. “Chronic” conditions often translate to gloomy situations for both patients and providers. In recent years, the knowledge of pain science and PN has advanced tremendously. In the medical community there is overwhelming evidence to support …

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Treating Pudendal Neuralgia

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast151 Comments

Part II in the “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series       In the previous post in our “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” series, I talked about the difference between PN and PNE. In addition, I reviewed a list of treatment options for PN. Physical therapy was at the top of that list. Today, in this second post in the series, I will …

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How do I know if I have Pudendal Neuralgia or Pudendal Nerve Entrapment?

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast517 Comments

  Part I in the “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series For so many the term “pudendal neuralgia” conveys a frightening and mysterious chronic pain diagnosis. And to be sure, at one time, receiving a diagnosis of pudendal neuralgia, or “PN” as it’s commonly called, was truly terrifying, especially considering that it was against the backdrop of a medical community that didn’t …

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Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE): Your Questions Answered Part II

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast42 Comments

This week’s post is the second half of a Q&A on the controversial diagnosis of pudendal nerve entrapment and the decompression surgery associated with it. For this post, we chatted with two of the leading experts on the topic: Michael Hibner, M.D., a gynecologic surgeon at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. and Mark Conway, M.D., a …

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Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE): Your Questions Answered

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast165 Comments

Part III of our “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series  How does PNE (pudendal nerve entrapment) occur? How is it diagnosed? When is a patient a good candidate for the pudendal nerve decompression surgery? When are they not? These are among the questions we asked two of the leading experts on the controversial diagnosis PNE and the decompression surgery associated with it: …

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As the Bicycle Turns: Cycling and the Pelvic Floor

In Pelvic Pain by Kristin LeliLeave a Comment

By: Kim Buonomo Who doesn’t love a leisurely bike ride? People with pelvic floor dysfunction! While biking is great cardio, there are a lot of aspects that make it not very pelvic floor friendly. Most of this comes down to blood flow to the pelvic floor, which is what I want to discuss today. Anatomy Review In order to understand …

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NEW COURSE: Advanced Management of Complex Pelvic Pain Syndromes

In Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast, MPT   After a five year break from traveling, lecturing, and teaching courses Liz and I are excited to announce that we are re-entering the classrooms! Many people who know us or follow us on social media know our work promoting pelvic floor physical therapy at medical conferences, my leadership role as the first physical therapist to …

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Happy New Year!

In Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast January is often the time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the future. So, in that spirit, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this post to a few top Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center events of 2018….and a peak forward to 2019. In no particular order, here’s what happened and what’s …

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PHRC teams up with Innovative Wellness in Walnut Creek!!!!

In Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Stephanie Prendergast3 Comments

    By Stephanie Prendergast   The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is expanding to Walnut Creek! We are excited for a unique opportunity to team up with Rachael Cabreira, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-C and Certified Sexual Health Clinician inside her new private practice, Innovative Wellness. People who know us at PHRC know that we believe in coordinated, interdisciplinary care for …

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The Peripheral Nervous System, Interstitial Cystitis, and Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Katie Hunter5 Comments

  By Katie Hunter   I had the pleasure of attending Dr. Kenneth Peters’ lecture on the role of the Peripheral Nervous System(PNS) in the development and management of pelvic pain. Kenneth Peters, MD is a urologist practicing at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks, MI, who specializes in treating complex pelvic pain including interstitial cystitis. For more information on Dr. …

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How to Stop Worrying and Obsessing About Pelvic Pain Symptoms

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Kristin Leli8 Comments

  By Lorraine Faehndrich   If you’re suffering with pelvic pain it’s very likely that you’ve spent a lot of time worrying and obsessing about your symptoms. Maybe you’ve spent hours online searching for answers, reading stories of others’ experiences with pelvic pain, or participating in “support” groups that leave you even more stressed, worried and fearful than you already …

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Solving Female Sexual Dysfunction

In Female Pelvic Pain by Kristin Leli2 Comments

  By: Dr. Lisa Valle   What if the cure for adding more luster to your life is a fulfilling, sex life?  But what happens when a woman feels distress about her sex life? Or she experiences sexual pain? Is there anything that she can do about it?   The answer is an emphatic yes!     There is an …

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Pelvic Pain and Childbirth. Dr. Mark Conway tells us what we need to know.

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer1 Comment

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   As we learned in a recent previous post by Stephanie Prendergast, the vast majority of women are not well informed when it comes to their pelvic floor, pregnancy and childbirth. In fact, 93% of women felt like they were insufficiently informed about their pelvic health! Unlike the rest of the population, many of our patients …