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Period Drama: Endometriosis Diagnosis and Treatment

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  By Stephanie Prendergast   Severe menstrual pain is not normal. If you experience severe pain during your period it is possible you are suffering from an underdiagnosed disease called Endometriosis.   Endometrial tissue lines the uterus. In response to hormonal influences, the endometrium of a healthy uterus thickens and then sheds through the cervix, through the vagina and out …

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Pelvic floor physical therapy for vulvodynia: a clinician’s guide

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Recently I was asked to write an article about pelvic floor physical therapy for the treatment of vulvodynia, which will be published later this year as a tool for gynecologists. Since our blog readers are a combination of clinicians and people with pelvic pain I figured I would share it here too. Warning: it is …

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Physical Therapy Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Urinary tract infections hurt. It hurts as your bladder fills, you constantly feel the need to pee and when you do it feels like knives are coming out of your body. You do not experience post-void relief and immediately feel like you need to pee again. Your doctor asks you to urinate urinate in a …

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Why All Postpartum Women Need Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

Image permission via Cosmopolitan   By Stephanie Prendergast   The Facts 21% of women undergoing vaginal delivery had levator ani avulsion1 29% of women undergoing vaginal deliveries had pubic bone fractures2  60% of postpartum women reported Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)3 64.3% of women reported sexual dysfunction in the first year following childbirth4 77% of women had low back pain that …

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PHRC Pelvic Health Career Opportunity!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast   Physical Therapist Wanted for PHRC Los Angeles!   Do you want to become a leader in the field of pelvic floor physical therapy? Do you enjoy working with this patient population but are having a hard time finding mentorship? Do you want a collaborative supportive work environment vs  being ‘alone on an island’? If so, PHRC …

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Physical Therapy for Male Pelvic Pain: Don’t Let the Penis Come Between Us

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast22 Comments

      By Stephanie Prendergast The Situation Room: Why do men have to see Women’s Health Physical Therapists?   The facts:   15% of adult men worldwide suffer from pelvic pain. 1   8.2% of men will experience prostatitis-like symptoms at some point in their lives, and greater than 90% of those men will have symptoms consistent with chronic …

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Sit yo’ a** down! The importance of sitting on the toilet

In Female Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast6 Comments

      Sitting on the toilet!! Actually sitting, skin to porcelain. No more hovering! Even in public restrooms. I know, it’s going to be a tough paradigm shift since this issue is ubiquitous; one study, done in the UK, surveyed 528 women at a gynecology clinic and found that 85% reported that they crouched over public toilets while urinating. …

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Exercises for Short /Tight Pelvic Floor Muscles

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast18 Comments

  By Britt Van Hees Disclaimer: I’m a PT and a Pilates instructor.  Often, patients ask if Pilates is the answer for their pelvic floor dysfunction.  You know that old saying, “Kegel-ing all day, keeps the urine at bay.”  Well, unfortunately, this is not always true.  At times Kegel-ing can make actually make your symptoms worse, be it urinary urgency, …

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Pelvic Myths: True or False?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast3 Comments

By Melinda Fontaine Have you heard these common pelvic rumors? Can you guess which ones are true or false?   As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I’ve heard quite a few old wives tales about the pelvis. Test your Pelvic IQ with these 16 true or false statements!   T/F   Everyone should do kegels to maintain continence and improve sex …

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Treatment Solutions for Endometriosis

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By Stephanie Prendergast Did you know that severe menstrual pain is not normal?  If you experience severe pain during your period it is possible you are suffering from a very underdiagnosed disease called Endometriosis.   Endometrial tissue lines the uterus. In response to hormonal influences, the endometrium of a healthy uterus thickens and then sheds through the cervix, into the …

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What is Get PT 1st?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast   Last fall, I began seeing the logo you see above, appear in my Twitter feed and on Facebook. As a physical therapist, I was happy to see an organization committing to improving awareness about our field. It’s safe to say that most of the world has no idea what a pelvic floor physical therapist is or …

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Understanding Breech Babies

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  This week, our guest writer and award winning prenatal chiropractor Dr. Elliot Berlin, takes us through a hot button topic: breeched babies. By Elliot Berlin | DC   Early in pregnancy, your baby has plenty of room to move, as you’re probably well aware. My patients often share that it’s not unusual for them to feel a sharp elbow jabbing …

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“How Hernias Can Cause Pelvic Pain”

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast61 Comments

    This week, our guest writer Dr. Shirin Towfigh will discuss Inguinal Hernia’s and how they may be related to pelvic pain.  Hi all. This is Dr. Shirin Towfigh. I am a Board Certified General Surgeon who specializes exclusively in all things hernia, with specialty in hernias among women and complications related to hernia repair. Inguinal hernias are a …

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What’s The ‘Right’ Way To Poop?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

      From NPR1 to Men’s Health 2, the right way to poop has become an increasingly hot topic for discussion. In fact “Put Your Constipation Woes Behind You,”  is consistently our highest ranking blog every week. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the knight and unicorn bestowing the benefits of the squatty potty3, go watch it now! So,  why is poop such …