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Physical Therapy Rehab After Gender Affirming Surgeries
By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   Although still out of reach for many, gender affirming surgical procedures are becoming more accessible as more surgeons are offering these services and more insurance providers are covering some of the costs associated with these procedures. As more people undergo these surgical procedures the need for rehabilitative services post operatively has increased. An integral component of post operative care should include physical therapy. Physical therapy can also be helpful for those who choose not to undergo gender affirmation surgeries. Learn how physical therapy can benefit those folks in a previous PHRC blog
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Hard Flaccid: Causes, Treatments, and Symptoms
By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack Although our knowledge is limited with regards to hard-flaccid syndrome, based upon the minimal medical literature dedicated to this syndrome and our own experience at PHRC, hard-flaccid syndrome most commonly occurs secondary to the following:   When the PFM, particularly the urogenital diaphragm, or superficial PFM, become too tight or hypertonic, they can contribute to hard-flaccid syndrome. These particular muscles are intimately involved in erectile function; therefore, if they aren’t functioning optimally, because they are too tight, they can contribute to erectile dysfunction and/or symptoms associated with hard-flaccid. Additionally, when these muscles are
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How PFPT Helped Following a Prostatectomy: Peter's Story
By Peter and Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Pelvic Physical Therapy (PPT) has been a wonderfully life changing experience for me following prostate cancer treatment. It has been a nearly three year journey, and I cannot speak highly enough of the benefits of my kind, caring, and immensely skilled PPT therapist. What are these benefits? In short, marked improvement of symptoms and the resulting negative feelings.   My prostate cancer adventure began with a combination of shock, anger, disbelief, sadness, fear, despair, isolation, and eventual acceptance and resolve upon hearing that “there seems to be some cancer” after my
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Success Story: How PFPT Helped Following Peter's Prostatectomy
By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Peter was a 63 year old experiencing urinary urgency and leakage three months after having his prostate surgically removed for prostate cancer. Luckily, his surgeon referred him to a pelvic floor physical therapist. He was using at least two incontinence pads per day, but was mostly dry at night. He had a strong urge of having to urinate often when his bladder was not full. He reported having good erections when he used sildenafil, but leaking urine during arousal was making sex difficult. Leaking during sexual activity is common after prostatectomy. Essentially, the
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Penile Pain: Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers
By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   Over the last couple of years PHRC has shared many YouTube videos and educational material on Instagram educating our viewers and readers about pelvic health. We have received an overwhelming response to several of our posts discussing male pelvic pain, in particular penile pain. Listed below are some of the most common questions we’ve received and our answers. A video Q&A can also be found on our YouTube channel.    Q: I began to feel pain in the muscles around the penis after having an erection for an unusually long time. What
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Busting Menopause Myths: How the Women’s Health Initiative Changed Women’s Health Overnight
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT   It is common knowledge amongst medical professionals and researchers that it takes an average of 17 years for research evidence to reach clinical practice. In 2002 an event occurred that changed healthcare overnight for menopausal women, affecting over 50 million people at the time. Twenty years later, tremendous confusion still exists amongst medical providers and patients about the safety of Hormone Therapy (HT). Women are fearful of HT and suffering unnecessarily. Researchers, medical providers, and advocacy groups are working hard to set the record straight.   What is Menopause and why is Hormone Therapy
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