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Voiding Problems in Children: Pelvic Floor PT can Help

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PHRC is now offering pediatric pelvic floor PT at its Berkeley and San Francisco locations. This blog post is dedicated to explaining both the voiding problems that lead children to pelvic floor PT and how PT can help. Many children suffer from bladder/bowel voiding dysfunction. In fact, 20% of all pediatric visits are for incontinence problems. The umbrella term for …

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Update: Gynecologists CAN Treat Male Pelvic Pain Patients!

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Gynecologists are no longer banned from treating male pelvic pain patients, says the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in a reversal of its September directive. ABOG announced the good news on Thursday in a statement saying: “This change recognizes that in a few rare instances board certified diplomates were being called upon to treat men for certain conditions …

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Update: Gynecologists can Treat Some Men

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Last month we blogged about the issue of gynecologists treating male pelvic pain patients. At issue was a statement released from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), warning gynecologists who were treating male pelvic pain patients that doing so could cost them their certification. Today we’d like to update you on a new development. Since then, the board …

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Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE): Your Questions Answered Part II

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast42 Comments

This week’s post is the second half of a Q&A on the controversial diagnosis of pudendal nerve entrapment and the decompression surgery associated with it. For this post, we chatted with two of the leading experts on the topic: Michael Hibner, M.D., a gynecologic surgeon at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. and Mark Conway, M.D., a …

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Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE): Your Questions Answered

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast166 Comments

Part III of our “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series  How does PNE (pudendal nerve entrapment) occur? How is it diagnosed? When is a patient a good candidate for the pudendal nerve decompression surgery? When are they not? These are among the questions we asked two of the leading experts on the controversial diagnosis PNE and the decompression surgery associated with it: …

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Stephanie talks to New York Times about Male Pelvic Pain Issue

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On Sept. 12, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) posted a new rule on its website prohibiting gynecologists from treating men. A few conditions were listed as exceptions; however, pelvic pain was not one of them. So writes the New York Times in an article published Dec. 10 titled “Men with Pelvic Pain find a Path to Treatment …

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Jessica’s Pelvic Pain Success Story

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast10 Comments

When you’re in the throes of pelvic pain, it’s hard to believe that you’ll ever get better. You will. But we don’t just want you to take our word for it. We want you to hear from patients themselves who have healed. That’s why we’re kicking off a regular feature of patient “Success Stories” on today’s blog. We’re going to …

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Treating Pudendal Neuralgia

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast153 Comments

Part II in the “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series       In the previous post in our “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” series, I talked about the difference between PN and PNE. In addition, I reviewed a list of treatment options for PN. Physical therapy was at the top of that list. Today, in this second post in the series, I will …

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How do I know if I have Pudendal Neuralgia or Pudendal Nerve Entrapment?

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast527 Comments

  Part I in the “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series For so many the term “pudendal neuralgia” conveys a frightening and mysterious chronic pain diagnosis. And to be sure, at one time, receiving a diagnosis of pudendal neuralgia, or “PN” as it’s commonly called, was truly terrifying, especially considering that it was against the backdrop of a medical community that didn’t …

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IPPS Conference: Must-read Nuggets from Saturday’s Session

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Saturday’s speakers had a tough act to follow after Friday’s sessions. At the end of the day, they proved they were more than up the task delivering a day of excellent discussions. Take a look at the nuggets that our PHRC team picked up during the day of interesting presentations. Liz listened to Dr. Arnold Advincula discuss the surgical management …

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IPPS Conference: Must-read Nuggets from Friday’s Session

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During its nearly 20-year existence the IPPS has been a major driver of the progress made in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain. And what makes the Annual Meeting of the organization so exciting is that it provides an opportunity for our community of providers to take stock, to determine where we are and where we still need to go …

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October’s IPPS Conference Kicked off Today!

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ORLANDO, The 21st Annual International Pelvic Pain Society Conference kicked off today in Orlando, Florida at the Peabody hotel with the popular Basics Course. Topics covered at this year’s Basics Course include: “Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Causes of CPP,” “Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis and Other Utero-Ovarian Causes of CPP,” and “Psychological Aspects of Living with CC,” among many …

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Why October’s IPPS Conference is going to be Awesome

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As the end of August wraps up, and I start to feel that subtle change in the air that precedes fall, I can’t help feeling excited about the approaching 21st Annual International Pelvic Pain Society Conference in Orlando, Florida. And because it’s been so much on my mind lately, I thought I’d dedicate this week’s blog post to filling you …

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Pelvic Pain PT: The Role of Connective Tissue Manipulation

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast39 Comments

You say “skin rolling.” I say “connective tissue manipulation.” Tomato…tomahto; semantics aside, let’s talk about what it is and what it has to do with pelvic pain. “Skin rolling” or “connective tissue manipulation” as I’ll be referring to it throughout this post, is a major component of our pelvic pain treatment technique here at PHRC. That’s because in our experience …

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Pelvic Health Blog Roundup: CrossFit Controversy and More!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

Our favorite health bloggers have been busy in the past couple of months! For one thing, they swooped in and completely set the facts straight after a viral video endorsed the infuriating message that it was “okay to pee during workouts”. (See how the controversy unfolded below.) On top of all of that, our blog buddies offered up a slew …

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Finding Good Pelvic Pain PT: It’s a Global Challenge

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At the First World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain in Amsterdam last month (WCAPP), I had the opportunity to gain a more vivid understanding of how pelvic pain PT is administered outside of the U.S. And what I realized is: Good pelvic pain PT is hard to find…no matter where in the world you live. In this blog post, …

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Rethinking Pelvic Pain: How “Desensitization” Fits into PT

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast9 Comments

I am dedicating this blog post to the work of Lorimer Moseley. His presence and research is revolutionizing treatment approaches to pain. Here at PHRC we are strategically and diligently working as a team innovating our treatment approach to incorporate his research. Lorimer also happens to be one of the reasons the IPPS had its most successful meeting yet back …

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What is the Patient’s Role During Pelvic Floor PT?

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We’ve talked a great deal over the past year on this blog about the PTs role in treating pelvic pain/dysfunction, now it’s time to turn the spotlight on the role of the patient in his or her treatment. This is an important post because pelvic floor PT is most successful when patients are active participants in their treatment. Period. There’s …