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Prostatectomy: Facts, Complications and How Pelvic Floor PT Can Help
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 possible complications of surgery. Unfortunately, 85% of men will experience erectile dysfunction after prostatectomy. Although the range is large, 2-66% of men will experience urinary incontinence (leaking urine) after prostatectomy. Good news is, pelvic floor physical therapy can help! 92%
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Pain Interventions for Labor and Birth With a Partner
By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, Birth Doula When it comes to pain management during labor, most of us think of medical interventions such as an epidural or pain medication. Did you know that there are things that your doula, support person, midwife, partner or even OB can do to decrease pain? When I’m working with patients to help them prepare for birth, one of the things we always work on is figuring out how the people supporting them can help during labor. Below are some strategies we try that may help decrease pain during labor and birth. Please check with
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Diastasis Recti: Causes and Treatment
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:   it is normal to have DR occur during pregnancy knowing how to lift properly is important for your entire body changes to hormones change the integrity of musculoskeletal tissue learning to control changes in intra abdominal pressure, effective motor
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Diastasis Recti : What is It & Who Can it Affect?
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Some people with diastasis recti (DR) also report urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and myofascial pelvic pain. HOWEVER, it is not the presence of diastasis alone that leads to these things. Longer term problems from unresolved DR can (but don't always) include: back pain poor posture pelvic floor dysfunction GI issues Many people have diastasis with no other symptoms. Why are some people with DR symptomatic and other people not? This is thought to be tied to a person’s overall strength, endurance, and neuromuscular control of the pelvic floor
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Birth Control: Reviewing Your Options and Their Differences
By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack    In a post-Roe world, conversations and questions about birth control options are on the rise. Currently, everyone still has a constitutional right to contraceptives. There are many ways to prevent pregnancy, including oral medications, implantable devices, injectable medications, barrier methods, surgical interventions, fertility awareness, and abstinence. There are advantages and disadvantages for each, so this blog will break each option down to help folks make informed decisions for their own birth control needs.      Hormonal birth control: Nexplanon   The birth control implant is commercially known as Nexplanon. It is a
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Performing Artists and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
By Alexa Savitz, DPT, PHRC Pasadena Reflecting on my previous years as a former professional dancer, I too often heard dressing room conversations with cast members sharing stories of accidents or urinary leakage happening over a few laughs, during partnering, while lifting, or jumping. At that time there was little to no education around what our pelvic floor muscles even were and it was assumed these accidents were normal. Not only are episodes of urinary leakage not normal in any case, but performers tend to also report hip pain, low back pain, pain with sex, constipation, and increased stress/anxiety that
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At its heart, Pelvic Pain Explained is the story of how patients develop pelvic pain, the challenges patients and providers face throughout the diagnosis and treatment process, the difficult task of sifting through the different available treatment options, and the impact that an “invisible” condition has on a patient’s life and relationships, and much more.