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PGAD: Separating Fact from Fiction

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast92 Comments

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder or PGAD is a condition that’s been sensationalized in the media for years with headlines like “Nurse has 100 Orgasms a Day.” Back in 2012, a few news organizations did cover the condition in a more thoughtful manner after a woman suffering from PGAD committed suicide. But since then the media has resorted to its old …

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Pelvic Pain and Sex: Not Great Bedfellows

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain 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 …

Newsletter Jan.-Aug. 2013

What’s New at PHRC? If we could use only one word to sum up 2013 so far, it would be “growth.” Specifically, we’ve added three new employees, including the addition of two new PTs, to our staff and relocated our Oakland and Los Gatos clinics to new digs, not to mention we’ve launched a brand new website AND given our …

Patient Case Studies

Tony’s Case Study: What Pelvic Pain?! Case study: 33 year old male 29 yr old athletic male. Reported attempting to do a handstand 3 months ago and had ‘pinching’ pain in the lower abdominal and belly button region. The pain was brought on by sudden movements or when arching back. PCP ruled out hernia and diagnosed patient with an abdominal …

Female Pelvic Pain

Female Pelvic Pain It is estimated that 20% of women experience pelvic pain at some point in their lives. Numerous studies have shown that the musculoskeletal system is often a primary or secondary cause of pelvic pain in women; therefore, physical therapy plays a major role in the diagnosis and treatment of female pelvic pain. Common Symptoms of pelvic pain …

Male Pelvic Health

Male Pelvic Health An estimated 8% to 10% of all men will suffer from pelvic pain at some point in their lives, according to statistics. Frustratingly, the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as many other medical organizations, still refer to pelvic pain as a “women’s health issue.” Equally frustrating is that many pelvic floor physical therapists are not trained …

Physical Therapy Treatment Techniques for Pelvic Pain: Instructional Video

This DVD demonstrates the external connective tissue manipulation techniques, nerve mobilizations, and myofascial trigger point release for both male and female patients, taught in De-mystifying Pudendal Neuralgia as a Source of Pelvic Pain: A Physical Therapist’s Approach.   The cost is $60.00 USD + S&H. Please contact us if interested in purchasing the DVD. We will then e-mail you an …

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Employment Opportunities

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 is the place for you! PHRC Mission Liz and Stephanie created the …

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Pelvic Pain around the Globe

In Uncategorized by Stephanie Prendergast13 Comments

As I prepare to attend the First World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain this week, I am reminded that pelvic pain is a global issue that affects men and women the world over. Truth be told, however, this reality is always on my mind. Weekly, we hear from men and women in other countries seeking advice for their pelvic …

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Q&A: Kegel Confusion, Penile Pain, Pregnancy after PN, and More

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer11 Comments

In today’s Q&A post, we tackle some important pelvic floor issues, including whether Kegels are appropriate to do in preparation for childbirth; penile pain, and pregnancy after PN. Should I do Kegels to Prep for Childbirth? Dear Marcy, I’m 23 weeks pregnant and have been told that Kegels are absolutely beneficial. Plus, I read on Web MD that “Kegel exercises …

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A Look Backwards at 2012!

In Uncategorized by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer1 Comment

New Year’s is a great time to look back, take stock, and set goals for the future. So, in that spirit, we thought it would be fun to dedicate our first post of the year to a look back at 2012…and a peak forward to 2013. When we look over all that happened in 2012, we think to ourselves: Holy …

Welcome to our Revamped Blog

In Uncategorized by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer2 Comments

  Dear Readers, Steph and I are excited to welcome you to the relaunch of our blog! I’m writing this welcome letter because Steph is in China lecturing about pelvic pain. (Steph can’t wait to write about her adventures overseas in upcoming posts!) When we first launched the blog about a year ago, it was just a place for us …

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New Classification System for Persistent Vulvar Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

            By Stephanie Prendergast   In a previous blog post  I described my experience while participating in an International Nomenclature Consensus Conference. As you may recall, the motivation for a consensus meeting originated  because there was “an unmet medical need for a comprehensive, evidence-based set of vulvovaginal pain diagnoses that can be easily utilized by …