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Pelvic floor physical therapy helps men after prostatectomy

In Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Melinda Fontaine2 Comments

    By Melinda Fontaine   What would men’s health month be without a blog about prostate cancer? One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Will this number be affected by the recent change in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s change in recommendations on screening for prostate cancer? What happens when a man …

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Understanding Pelvic Floor Movement

In Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Katie Hunter4 Comments

  By Katie Hunter   Drop, push, bulge, squeeze.  These words are used regularly when talking about pelvic floor function but what do they actually mean?   We often talk about how the pelvic floor muscles become dysfunctional and can cause daily symptoms of pelvic pain, bladder and bowel urgency and frequency, incontinence, prolapse, and sexual dysfunction. Today, I would …

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Sitting on painful fascia: connective tissue and pelvic pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Kristin Leli4 Comments

    By: Admin   If you’ve recently been to your physical therapist, massage therapist, personal trainer, or body worker and heard the words “fascia” and “manipulation” in the same sentence, you are not alone. Fascia has become quite the buzzword for treating everything from chronic neck pain, ACL repair surgery, plantar fasciitis, and yes—even pelvic floor dysfunction. But what …

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Is your internal thermometer working correctly? Persisting pain and your thyroid

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

As a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor disorders, specifically pelvic pain, I have noticed a strong correlation between chronic pain, the thyroid, and the endocrine system. I wanted to explore what hormonal imbalances can do to chronic pain. I won’t go into too much detail about persistent pain here,  instead please refer to the blog post Pain as the …

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Kegel What?

In Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinence by pelv_admin3 Comments

  By Admin   The Kegel, the black box of the exercise world.   Are you really doing it right?     In today’s post we are going to review some simple exercises to help get to know the pelvic floor muscles. Now, I strongly recommend going through my past post “Exercises for Short/Tight Pelvic Floor” first. Generally speaking, patients …

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A Mesh of a Situation

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer7 Comments

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   In May 2015 a Delaware jury ordered Boston Scientific, a medical device company, to pay a woman $100 million for pain complications following vaginal mesh placement for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. A few months prior to that a Texas woman was awarded $73 million for similar complications. Some think that these cases are just …

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What is GYROTONIC®?

In Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by pelv_admin7 Comments

    What is GYROTONIC®? When I first heard a colleague talk about gyrotonic about 4 years ago, I was like “GYRO WHAT? To me it sounded like some form of geriatric exercise, so I asked her more about this type of exercise and she gave me the low down. ‘Gyro’ in greek actually means spiral or circle, and tonic …

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How PT can help with Anal Cancer Treatment

In Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinence by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

  At PHRC we treat a wide variety of patient populations. One population that we’re beginning to see more often is patients undergoing treatment for anal cancer. Recent research has shown that the incidence of anal cancer, which is linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV), is on the rise, especially among men and women under the age of 45. Although we’re …

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What is Get PT 1st?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast   Last fall, I began seeing the logo you see above, appear in my Twitter feed and on Facebook. As a physical therapist, I was happy to see an organization committing to improving awareness about our field. It’s safe to say that most of the world has no idea what a pelvic floor physical therapist is or …

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“How Hernias Can Cause Pelvic Pain”

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast61 Comments

  This week, our guest writer Dr. Shirin Towfigh will discuss Inguinal Hernia’s and how they may be related to pelvic pain.  Hi all. This is Dr. Shirin Towfigh. I am a Board Certified General Surgeon who specializes exclusively in all things hernia, with specialty in hernias among women and complications related to hernia repair. Inguinal hernias are a common …

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A Second Look at Pudendal Neuralgia.

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast37 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast I treated my first patient with Pudendal Neuralgia in 2002. As a young, excitable pelvic floor physical therapist, I was on a mission to help people suffering from pelvic pain and thought it would be just like what they said in PT school: stretch, strengthen, achieve goals, discharge. So when my patient began treatment for PN, I …

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What if you Can’t Find a Pelvic Floor PT?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast40 Comments

  By Guest Blogger Sara Sauder In this week’s post, blog contributor and fellow pelvic floor PT, Sara Sauder, who practices in Austin, Texas at Sullivan Physical Therapy, provides us with an honest, thoughtful answer to this all-too-common dilemma. Take it away Sara! If you’re lucky enough to find a pelvic floor physical therapist in your area, good for you!  You …

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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 Prendergast165 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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The Role of Physical Therapy in Treating Pudendal Neuralgia

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast151 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 …