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6 Unexpected Reasons to See a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

In Bladder Dysfunction, Bowel Dysfunction, Interstitial Cystitis, LGBQT Healthcare Rights, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Pelvic Health, Pregnancy/Postpartum by Stephanie Prendergast

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Pasadena   Urinary leaking during sneezing and coughing is common. Constipation affects millions of people. Irritative bladder symptoms plague women at multiple points in their life for a number of reasons, and bother men too. If one stops to think about orthopedic surgeries for broken ankles and shoulder dysfunction, why isn’t pelvic floor physical …

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Success Story: Exploring the Clinical Presentation of CPPS

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By Lauren Rogne, PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco     The case of the mysterious pelvic pain – Exploring the clinical presentation of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) Background Ben is a 35 year old with sudden onset of urinary tract-like infection symptoms, including urinary frequency, urgency, pain and burning. He visited his doctor, and his urinalysis came back negative …

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Causes of Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

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By PHRC Admin   Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome is a treatable pelvic pain syndrome affecting roughly 12 million people in the United States alone. If it affects so many, what are the causes? We’re glad you asked! There’s many!    Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Multiple studies conducted in the US and abroad show that up to 92% of people with …

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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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Latchkey Incontinence; Why Does it Happen? Part 2

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By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, Birth Doula, PHRC San Francisco    How does your brain know when it is time to empty the bladder? As the bladder begins to fill with liquid, receptors within the walls of the bladder perceive stretch. When the receptors perceive that the bladder is full with about two cups of fluid, the detrusor muscle (the …

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Good News! Interstitial Cystitis is treatable! A Much Needed Q&A

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, PHRC West Los Angeles   What is Interstitial Cystitis? IC is a pelvic pain syndrome characterized by irritated bladder symptoms. This condition is associated with painful sex, pelvic floor dysfunction, vestibulodynia, endometriosis, and gut dysbiosis. What are the symptoms? Symptoms include bladder pain, urinary urgency, urinary frequency, pain worsened with bladder filling, nocturia, and dysuria. The …

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Can TMS help people with Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome?

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By Jason J. Kutch, PhD and Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, PHRC West Los Angeles Interstitial Cystitis/ Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS) is a pelvic pain syndrome that is characterized by urgency/frequency and pelvic pain, affecting up to 7.9 million vagina owners and roughly 10% of penis owners in the United States. It is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that there are no diagnostic …

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But is it really Interstitial Cystitis?  

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By Morgan Conner, DPT, PHRC Los Gatos Recently, I decided to look into the confusion surrounding Interstitial Cystitis. A couple searches down a Pubmed rabbithole, I realized there was much more to it than I initially realized. In order to really make sense of what might be going on, I decided to go back to the basics and to the …

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What’s new in research and clinical care for “Prostatitis” aka male Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)?

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By Stephanie Prendergast, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   If you are a man suffering from what feels like ‘prostatitis’, this blog and our upcoming informational event is for you.   Did you know?…   10% of men experience prostatitis-like symptoms at some point in their lives. 97% of these men do not have a prostate or bladder infection yet are …

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The Connection Between SIBO and Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (and How to Relieve Both)

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  By Guest Blogger Jessica Drummond MPT, CCN, CHC   One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap. For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015). Thus, there is …

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The Most Proven IC Treatment: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

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  By Guest Blogger Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS and author of The Interstitial Cystitis Solution   Pelvic floor physical therapy is the most proven treatment for interstitial cystitis. It’s the only therapy given an evidence grade of ‘A’ by the American Urological Association and recommended in the first line of medical treatment. But patients often wonder how does treating …

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Beating Interstitial Cystitis

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  By Stephanie Prendergast   “Thousands of people with Interstitial Cystitis live healthy, pain-free lives and so can you.” – The Interstitial Cystitis Solution, Nicole Cozean PT, DPT, WCS   In honor of Bladder Health Month this week’s blog is dedicated to Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome. IC/PBS is a treatable pelvic pain syndrome affecting roughly 3 million men and 9 …

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Physical Therapy Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

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  By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   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 …

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The Brain Below: The Role Your Gut May Play in Pelvic Pain

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  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   When is the last time you heard a little voice inside you that tried to give you advice or warn you of danger? Some describe it as ‘butterflies,’ others a ‘gut feeling.’ That feeling can be attributed to the extremely extensive network of over 100 million neurons that make up …