Online Clinical Mentorship

Online Clinical Mentorship At PHRC, we understand that getting the clinical mentorship and access to the thought process behind advance clinical decision making for pelvic health can be a challenge. For this reason, the co-founders at PHRC are making themselves available for online mentorship for clinicians in this unique space. One - on - One Professional Mentoring | Clinical and ...
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PHRC is Offering Online Mentoring and Pelvic Floor Continuing Education!

In Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder As the COVID-19 pandemic continues we are adjusting to the new normal here at PHRC. Our business has been significantly affected, with many of our offices being totally closed for weeks or months. We are slowly reopening carefully and in accordance with the CDC guidelines. We launched a digital health program for patients and are …

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As the Bicycle Turns: Cycling and the Pelvic Floor

In Pelvic Pain by Kristin Leli4 Comments

By: Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington Who doesn’t love a leisurely bike ride? People with pelvic floor dysfunction! While biking is great cardio, there are a lot of aspects that make it not very pelvic floor friendly. Most of this comes down to blood flow to the pelvic floor, which is what I want to discuss today. Anatomy Review In …

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NEW COURSE: Advanced Management of Complex Pelvic Pain Syndromes

In Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast, MPT   After a five year break from traveling, lecturing, and teaching courses Liz and I are excited to announce that we are re-entering the classrooms! Many people who know us or follow us on social media know our work promoting pelvic floor physical therapy at medical conferences, my leadership role as the first physical therapist to …

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Happy New Year!

In Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder January is often the time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the future. So, in that spirit, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this post to a few top Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center events of 2018….and a peak forward to 2019. In no particular order, here’s what happened …

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PHRC in general “It’s a small company, so I know I am being heard. If I have a need, changes can be put in place quickly to meet it. I also get the chance to work with a very dedicated group of people. Everyone is here because they want to help patients. Who goes into pelvic PT for the glamour …

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PHRC teams up with Innovative Wellness in Walnut Creek!!!!

In Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Stephanie Prendergast3 Comments

    By Stephanie Prendergast   The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is expanding to Walnut Creek! We are excited for a unique opportunity to team up with Rachael Cabreira, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-C and Certified Sexual Health Clinician inside her new private practice, Innovative Wellness. People who know us at PHRC know that we believe in coordinated, interdisciplinary care for …

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The Peripheral Nervous System, Interstitial Cystitis, and Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin6 Comments

  By Katie Hunter   I had the pleasure of attending Dr. Kenneth Peters’ lecture on the role of the Peripheral Nervous System(PNS) in the development and management of pelvic pain. Kenneth Peters, MD is a urologist practicing at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks, MI, who specializes in treating complex pelvic pain including interstitial cystitis. For more information on Dr. …

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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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Solving Female Sexual Dysfunction

In Female Pelvic Pain by Kristin Leli2 Comments

  By: Dr. Lisa Valle   What if the cure for adding more luster to your life is a fulfilling, sex life?  But what happens when a woman feels distress about her sex life? Or she experiences sexual pain? Is there anything that she can do about it?   The answer is an emphatic yes!     There is an …

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Pelvic Pain and Childbirth. Dr. Mark Conway tells us what we need to know.

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer1 Comment

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   As we learned in a recent previous post by Stephanie Prendergast, the vast majority of women are not well informed when it comes to their pelvic floor, pregnancy and childbirth. In fact, 93% of women felt like they were insufficiently informed about their pelvic health! Unlike the rest of the population, many of our patients …

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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, DPT, PHRC Lexington   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 …

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Pelvic floor physical therapy for vulvodynia: a clinician’s guide

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Recently I was asked to write an article about pelvic floor physical therapy for the treatment of vulvodynia, which will be published later this year as a tool for gynecologists. Since our blog readers are a combination of clinicians and people with pelvic pain I figured I would share it here …

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The Blunt Truth About Medicinal Marijuana and Pelvic Pain

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Pain, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain by Shannon Pacella10 Comments

By Shannon Pacella, DPT, PHRC Lexington   Medical marijuana. You’ve probably heard of it. You’ve maybe even used it. But what you might not know about is the tug-of-war going on between researchers and lawmakers, and how this impacts the ability of this stigmatized substance to be studied – potentially missing out on an alternative treatment option for a multitude …

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Letter To The Senator about Medicare

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin4 Comments

Here at PHRC we are not Medicare providers, for good reasons; you may remember that PHRC published a blog post about them. Still, we receive calls almost daily from Medicare patients enquiring about treatment from us, and unfortunately we have to turn them down: the law says, oddly, that we cannot provide treatment to Medicare patients even if they are …

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PHRC Pelvic Health Career Opportunity!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast   Physical Therapist Wanted for PHRC Los Angeles!   Do you want to become a leader in the field of pelvic floor physical therapy? Do you enjoy working with this patient population but are having a hard time finding mentorship? Do you want a collaborative supportive work environment vs  being ‘alone on an island’? If so, PHRC …

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Physical Therapy for Male Pelvic Pain: Don’t Let the Penis Come Between Us

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast25 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles The Situation Room: Why do men have to see Women’s Health Physical Therapists?   The facts:   15% of adult men worldwide suffer from pelvic pain. 1   8.2% of men will experience prostatitis-like symptoms at some point in their lives, and greater than 90% of those men will have symptoms …

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What’s The ‘Right’ Way To Poop?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

      From NPR1 to Men’s Health 2, the right way to poop has become an increasingly hot topic for discussion. In fact “Put Your Constipation Woes Behind You,”  is consistently our highest ranking blog every week. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the knight and unicorn bestowing the benefits of the squatty potty3, go watch it now! So,  why is poop such …

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Why Get PT 1st? Here are the facts

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast7 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast   Vaginal pain. Burning with urination. Post-ejaculatory pain. Constipation. Genital pain following bowel movements. Pelvic pain that prevents sitting, exercising, wearing pants and having pleasurable intercourse. When a person develops these symptoms, physical therapy is not the first avenue of treatment they turn to for help. In fact, physical therapists are not even considered at all. This …

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Taking a Closer Look at IPPS 2015

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Gabriella Chavarin   As you may have noticed, IPPS is a pretty big deal around here. Every year, our PHRC physical therapists attend the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual scientific conference. Additionally, Stephanie Prendergast has been on the IPPS Board of Directors since 2003, and was the first physical therapist to serve as president in 2013.  Since our staff …

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What is Vulvodynia? The International Consensus Conference on Vulvodynia Nomenclature

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast19 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder What is Vulvodynia? Is it a symptom, a disease, or a syndrome? What does the term ‘Vuvlodynia’ mean to people with vulvar pain, pelvic pain specialists, medical professionals, and the community in general? In a previous blog post I wrote about how in the pelvic pain world, diagnosis does not dictate treatment. Many pelvic pain diagnoses simply …