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3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Pain Updates, Part I

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Last month, pelvic pain enthusiasts traveled from all over the globe to attend the 3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain in Washington, DC. The World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain is joint scientific meeting between the International Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group on Abdomino-Pelvic Pain, Convergences in pelvic-Perineal …

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Beating Interstitial Cystitis

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

  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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How to Stop Worrying and Obsessing About Pelvic Pain Symptoms

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Kristin Leli8 Comments

  By Lorraine Faehndrich   If you’re suffering with pelvic pain it’s very likely that you’ve spent a lot of time worrying and obsessing about your symptoms. Maybe you’ve spent hours online searching for answers, reading stories of others’ experiences with pelvic pain, or participating in “support” groups that leave you even more stressed, worried and fearful than you already …

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Tips for Coping With Persistent Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Erika Toronto2 Comments

  By Jessica Newman, LMHC   Living with persistent pelvic pain is, by definition, painful physically. What can be hard to talk about (especially for folks with pelvic pain) is just how emotionally distressing the pain is. And because the mind and body are a functional whole (think: a Mobius strip) emotional distress can trigger or amplify physical pain and …

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Posture and the Pelvis: Part Deux

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin3 Comments

  By Admin   “Share the load” – Samwise Gamgee “It’s all about the base ” – Meghan Trainor “Drop it like it’s hot” – Snoop Dogg   Some different quotes from last time, but after reading today’s post you’ll understand how Samwise, Ms. Trainor and Dr. Dogg are all talking about posture and the pelvis, and they didn’t even know …

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Make Erections Great Again

In Male Pelvic Pain by Joshua Gonzalez, MD2 Comments

  By Dr. Joshua Gonzalez   As a sexual medicine specialist, I spend a good deal of time talking about erections. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is actually a pretty common problem. Estimates of the prevalence of ED range from 9% to 40% of men by age 40, and generally increase by 10% with each decade thereafter1. ED affects approximately 30 million …

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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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Brace yourselves: protecting your pelvic floor during CrossFit and loaded exercise

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin2 Comments

  If you are a male and either currently participate in CrossFit workouts or another form of Olympic weightlifting, and have developed one or more of these symptoms: perineum pain with sitting, lower abdominal pain with intense activity or ejaculation, testicular pain that radiates to the abdomen or the vice versa, and urinary hesitancy with urgency and frequency, this blog …

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Posture and the Pelvis: Part One

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence by pelv_admin1 Comment

  By Admin “In all nature structure determines function” – William Herbert Sheldon, father of somatotyping “Form and function are a unity, two sides of a coin” – Ida P. Rolf, biochemist and fascial genius “Conjunction junction, what’s your function?” – Schoolhouse Rock, how us 30+s learnt grammar   Structure and function are intricately connected. Our posture is the structure …

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I insist! My pelvic pain is my Tarlov cyst!!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer14 Comments

By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   For the average person, the words Tarlov cyst mean absolutely nothing. For the average medical professional, they mean little to nothing. So why are we devoting an entire blog post to these cysts that no one seems to care about? Full disclosure, personally, I was curious what the literature had to offer on Tarlov cysts since …

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Male Pelvic Pain and Chronic Nonbacterial Prostatitis: A Story of Hope and Determination

In Male Pelvic Pain by Shannon Pacella6 Comments

  By Shannon Pacella   Unfortunately, the majority of the men we see at PHRC have been through quite a journey with their pelvic pain, before finding pelvic floor physical therapy. I want to share a recent success story about one of my male patients, Ben (his name has been changed for anonymity). My hope by sharing his success story …

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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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Time to Man Up: The Future of Male Birth Control

In Male Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Elizabeth Akincilar-RummerLeave a Comment

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   MEN!!! Are you ready?? Birth Control for men is here….almost.   Contraception. For some of us, that word has been a saving grace in preventing unwanted pregnancies and diseases. For others, it is fraught with moral and ethical dilemmas. But, those who are the most concerned with and often the most involved with contraception, are …

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Male Pelvic Pain: It’s Time to Treat Men Right

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer21 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast and Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   Tony is one of those people who seem superhuman. In his early 30s, he’s lean and athletic. When he isn’t chasing after one of his three young children or helping to run a successful family business, you can find him surfing, hunting, snowboarding, golfing, swimming, or playing basketball.   It’s hard to …

Contracture: Can it occur in the pelvic floor?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Erika Toronto2 Comments

By Rhonda Kotarinos, PT, DPT In this week’s post, guest author and pelvic floor expert Rhonda Kotarinos shares a controversy from the 2016 International Pelvic Pain Society conference. In October I had the privilege of presenting at the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting. During one of the presentations, a discussion ensued regarding the term contracture. The discussion was centered on …