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PHRC’s Boston Office is Opening March 16th!

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

We’re thrilled to announce that PHRC is opening its Boston-area clinic next month with patient care starting March 16th! Liz, who will be re-relocating to the East Coast, will be spearheading the running of the clinic, the exact location of which is 303 Wyman St., Ste. 369, Waltham, Massachusetts. The clinic is in the greater Boston area, west and slightly …

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The Case of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

In Pelvic Organ Prolapse by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

  Patient History Elena is a 35-year-old female who was referred to pelvic floor physical therapy by her ob/gyn with a diagnosis of prolapse. (Want more information on a prolapse diagnosis? Check out a detailed blog post on the topic here.) Elena’s chief complaints stem from giving birth to her first child via vaginal delivery six months prior to her …

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Five Steps to Overcoming Anxiety Around Intercourse

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

  By Guest Blogger: Lorraine Faehndrich “How will I ever be able to have intercourse?” If you’ve struggled with pelvic pain it’s likely that this question is very familiar to you. (Unless of course you’ve been pushing all thoughts of sex and intimacy out of your mind since your symptoms began.) The idea of intercourse or any type of penetration …

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Here’s what’s Wrong with the ‘kGoal’

In Female Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin11 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast There’s a new Kegel aid poised to hit the market called the “kGoal,” and enthusiasts are touting it as “the new FitBit for the vagina”. But, while kGoal has been generating a ton of press, there are problems with the device and how its being marketed. Before I go any further with the issues I have with this …

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Pelvic Pain and Sex: Not Great Bedfellows

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Stephanie Prendergast17 Comments

By Liz Rummer Akincilar Chronic pain can put a damper on anyone’s sex life no matter the location of the pain, but pelvic pain impacts a patient’s sex life on another level. The reason for this is that the pelvic floor plays a major role in sexual functioning. For instance, if you have vulvar burning or post-ejaculatory pain, you’ll understandably …

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C-Section Scar: Problems and Solutions

In Pregnancy/Postpartum by Stephanie Prendergast418 Comments

Postpartum pelvic floor rehabilitation is a big part of what we do at PHRC, and a major issue that we treat for new moms involves C-section scarring. In this post, we’re going to discuss the issues that can arise as a result of a C-section scar as well as how these issues can be addressed with the help of a PT. …

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

In 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 pudendal neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast171 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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Why Kegels are Bad for your Tight Pelvic Floor

In Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy by Elizabeth Akincilar114 Comments

Note to Readers: Yesterday we posted a blog summarizing an article titled “Stop Doing Kegels: Real Pelvic Floor Advice for Women (and Men)” written by Nicole Crawford and published on BreakingMuscle.com. There was some confusion that resulted from the post about when kegels are and are not appropriate. The article advises that women (and men) should never do kegels. I …