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Why Everyone In Menopause Deserves Pelvic Floor PT

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Our muscles are hormonally sensitive structures and weaken over time as we experience hormonal decline. In addition, the prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction rises and the combination of these two scenarios can cause people a fair amount of grief. A recent study showed 95.3% of people with lumbopelvic pain also had …

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Symptoms of PFD & the Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   As people age, circulating hormones decline and pelvic floor dysfunction rises. The combination of these changes can cause unnecessary suffering and distress. The unfortunate news is that most people do not realize their symptoms may be related to hormonal deficiencies & musculoskeletal issues. However, the good news is both scenarios …

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Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS) is considered a chronic overlapping pain condition (COPC) and it is common, affecting up to 12 million people in the United States alone. The good news is – it’s treatable!   Symptoms of IC/PBS can include, but are not limited too: Urinary urgency, frequency, and …

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Dyspareunia: Symptoms and Associated Conditions

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   What is dyspareunia? A high number of people with a vagina suffer from painful versus pleasurable sex, including before, during or after sexual encounters. Superficial dyspareunia refers to pain at the opening of the vagina, whereas deep dyspareunia refers to feelings like something is being ‘hot’ or painful, deeper inside.  …

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Biomechanical Evaluation for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & PF Functions

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   To start, there are various functions we can thank our pelvic floor, but let’s get into the MAIN functions: Part of core muscles The pelvic floor supports your core muscles: transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, and the external oblique muscles. The PFM tends to act reflexively when we’re using our core …

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What to Expect at a Prepartum/Postpartum Evaluation

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles During prepartum/postpartum evaluations, a physical therapist will take an extensive medical history. Following the history, the PT will perform a thorough external and internal musculoskeletal exam.   Your evaluation should include: Musculoskeletal: An assessment of structure, muscles, tissue, joints and manual evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles. We can identify problematic …

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Male Pelvic Health: Erectile Dysfunction Causes & Treatments

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the leading cause of sexual dysfunction in men affecting one in five men. It is defined as the inability to achieve & maintain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse. There are several causes for ED. Vasculogenic, or due to an issue with blood supply, is the …

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It’s National Men’s Health Week!

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles National Men’s Health Week is held each year from June 8-14, and it is a time to raise awareness about the health of men and boys. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of preventive care, early detection, and treatment of medical conditions.   Men tend to avoid doctor visits, with …

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Common Prepartum Symptoms and Their Treatments

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   If you are expecting, plan to be in the future or know someone that is, here are some common Prepartum symptoms! Low back pain- Foot and back pain are due to hormonal and musculoskeletal changes. Studies have shown that 40% to 60% of women will experience back pain during pregnancy and …

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Hormonal Prepartum Changes and Postpartum Complaints

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Hormones play a vital role in day-to-day function. They allow for the organs to communicate with each other so that we can filter toxic waste, grow muscle, sleep well . . . . and even grow a human! Let’s take a look at what happens during pregnancy: Estrogen goes up, elevating …

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The Right Way To Poop and Improve Bowel Movements

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, so we felt it was most appropriate to discuss bowel mechanisms and the ‘right way’ to poop.   According to a study by Shahid (et al in 2012), “constipation affects up to 28% of Americans.” More Americans suffer from constipation than die …

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Obturator Internus: Anatomy, Dysfunction and Symptoms

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles The Obturator Internus (OI) muscle is an external rotator and an abductor of the hip. It is also a pelvic floor muscle, with half of the muscle belly sitting right next to our Levator Ani muscles. The muscle also forms part of Alcokc’s Canal, which houses the perineal branch of …

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Scar Facts: All You Need to Know

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Let’s talk scars and facts:   Scar tissue is of poorer quality than regular tissue; therefore it is more sensitive to UV light. Be sure to protect your scars with SPF! Don’t be surprised when hair doesn’t grow back in your scars. Hair follicles and sweat glands do not regenerate in …

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What is Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD/GPD)? Part 2

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   In 2021, a panel of experts published a consensus and management of care paper on Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder/Genito-Pelvic Dysesthesia (PGAD/GPD) in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The paper describes a treatment algorithm involving five different therapeutic targets for PGAD/PGD! The paper describes how clinicians newer to treating this diagnosis can …

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What is Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD/GPD)? Part 1

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) is a syndrome characterized by unwanted genital arousal in nonsexual situations and was first described in 2001. The syndrome is being studied and in 2021 the International Society for the Study of Women’s Health (ISSWSH) published new guidelines about PGAD, broadening the term to genito-pelvic dysesthesia …

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Myofascial Trigger Point: What They Cause + Treatments

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Trigger points can cause local pain at the site of the trigger point and/or they can cause referred pain in a location distant from the trigger point itself. Trigger points in each muscle have common referral patterns that have been well documented in the medical literature.   Trigger points can …

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Ilioinguinal Neuralgia: Causes and Treatment

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Ilioinguinal neuralgia is typically caused by a surgical procedure or an inguinal hernia.   A hernia is when tissue pooches through the abdominal wall due to a weak point in the abdomen. An inguinal hernia, which is a hernia in the inguinal canal, can put pressure on the ilioinguinal nerve, …

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2023: Year of the Rabbit, A (2022) Year in Review

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Welcome 2023, goodbye 2022! It’s been another year full of changes for Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. With the start of the new year, we would like to acknowledge all of the changes that have occurred both virtually and in person.   Last year….. PHRC Pasadena opened in January 2022, …

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Prostatectomy: Facts, Complications and How Pelvic Floor PT Can Help

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Let’s Talk Prostatectomy Facts   Although prostatectomy is a very effective surgical intervention for prostate cancer, there are some common symptoms that can occur following surgery that each person undergoing this procedure should be aware of. In fact, only 22% of patients undergoing radical prostatectomy were sufficiently counseled on the …

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Diastasis Recti: Causes and Treatment

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Diastasis recti can be caused by various reasons, some of which can affect one person more than the next. The integrity of our connective tissue is genetic. However, external factors also play a role in who may develop a DR. It is important to note a few things about each cause: …