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Prostatectomy: Facts, Complications and How Pelvic Floor PT Can Help

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Let’s Talk Prostatectomy Facts   Although prostatectomy is a very effective surgical intervention for prostate cancer, there are some common symptoms that can occur following surgery that each person undergoing this procedure should be aware of. In fact, only 22% of patients undergoing radical prostatectomy were sufficiently counseled on the …

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Diastasis Recti: Causes and Treatment

In Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Diastasis recti can be caused by various reasons, some of which can affect one person more than the next. The integrity of our connective tissue is genetic. However, external factors also play a role in who may develop a DR. It is important to note a few things about each cause: …

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Performing Artists and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

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By Alexa Savitz, DPT, PHRC Pasadena Reflecting on my previous years as a former professional dancer, I too often heard dressing room conversations with cast members sharing stories of accidents or urinary leakage happening over a few laughs, during partnering, while lifting, or jumping. At that time there was little to no education around what our pelvic floor muscles even …

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Pelvic Pain 101: Definition + Resource List

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   “Can you please define to us what exactly is pelvic pain when sitting. Over the bladder? In the groin? On the labia? Rectum? Sit bone? Like period cramps? What is the most common definition?  I’d love for this to be a post or a question for all.  I keep wondering …

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IPPS Post-Conference Specialty Course

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic floor physical therapy continuing education, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Amy Stein, MPT, DPT, BCB-PFD, IF & Karen Brandon, DSc, PT, WCS This year we are excited to present a post-conference course dedicated to physical therapy clinical skills and treatment planning for complex endometriosis cases. This workshop is in-person and virtual.  We are so excited to have an all-star group of presenters, an expert panel, and case dissection round tables where …

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Myofascial Trigger Points – Frequently Asked Questions & Their Answers

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Over the last few week’s, we have received various inquiries about Myofascial Trigger Points. Why do they occur? What are they? How can we fix them? This week we do a deep dive and answer our most frequently asked questions!   Q: Never heard of this ! What is this …

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Penile Pain: Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers

In Male Pelvic Pain, Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth AkincilarLeave a Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   Over the last couple of years PHRC has shared many YouTube videos and educational material on Instagram educating our viewers and readers about pelvic health. We have received an overwhelming response to several of our posts discussing male pelvic pain, in particular penile pain. Listed below are some of the most common …

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Postpartum Urinary Incontinence is Common: Here’s How We Can Help

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By Lauren Opatrny, PT, DPT, PHRC Berkeley & San Francisco *all names have been changed to maintain patient privacy   Background   Rachel* is a 32 year old experiencing urinary incontinence after giving birth to her baby in December 2020. When she was eight months postpartum and still experiencing incontinence, her doctor referred her to pelvic physical therapy. Six weeks …

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Endometriosis: Frequently Asked Questions & Their Answers

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By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   This past month was Endometriosis Awareness Month. It was very exciting to see how many more individuals and providers were sharing amazing information about this disease that affects such a large percentage of our population. This was not always the case, and it is a sign we are moving in the right …

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How Pelvic Floor PT Can Help Gynecological Cancer Survivors?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Elizabeth AkincilarLeave a Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack Receiving a gynecological cancer diagnosis is wrought with emotions: fear, grief, confusion, anger, among others. Additionally, the number of medical providers that one will encounter throughout the treatment process is many. One of the important members of your interdisciplinary cancer care team is a pelvic floor physical therapist.    The five gynecological cancers …

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Pelvic Hip Pain, A Patient Success Story

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Emily SchwerdtfegerLeave a Comment

By Jillian Giannini, DPT, PHRC Pasadena, Jennifer Keesee, DPT, PHRC Westlake Village and Emily Schwerdtfeger, BA, PHRC Westlake Village “I’m the exception, right?” “It could never happen to me.” Emily is a 25 year old female that has had left hip pain for five years now. She describes her hip pain as:   Achy or sharp  In front of L …

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Lichen Sclerosus: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Hope

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   What is Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus?   Like so many other pelvic pain diagnoses, Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus (VLS) is riddled with challenges in terms of diagnosis and treatment. Many people with VLS also have pelvic floor dysfunction, and as a result we have seen lots of patients with both. Slight adaptations to …

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Connective Tissue Restrictions: Causes, Consequences and Treatments

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Connective tissue (CT) restrictions are defined as a dense thickening of subcutaneous tissue that’s painful upon pinch-rolling examination. Connective tissue restrictions can contribute to urinary and bowel symptoms and pelvic pain. As this post will explain, CT restrictions can be a cause and consequence of multiple pelvic floor symptoms and syndromes. …

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Announcing Virtual Pregnancy + Postpartum Pelvic Health Services

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By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   Virtual appointments are now available for those who are pregnant and postpartum! We are excited to offer this service to birthing people around the world. Whether you are pregnant and are interested in learning more about how to prepare your body for birth or need help developing a birth plan and …

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How pelvic floor physical therapy helps men with pelvic pain

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy by Elizabeth AkincilarLeave a Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Lexington In the past, when most folks in the medical community thought about pelvic pain, the assumption often was that it was due to pregnancy or labor and delivery, or something related to a woman’s menstrual cycle or reproductive organs. Thankfully, the medical community has come a long way. Within the community of medical …

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Male Urinary Dysfunction; Kevin’s Bladder Success Story

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by Tiffany YuenLeave a Comment

By Tiffany Yuen, DPT, PHRC Los Gatos The History of Kevin’s Symptoms and How He Found PHRC   “Tiffany did an excellent job helping to loosen the muscles in my pelvic area; I experienced minimal discomfort during our sessions but saw marked improvement in urgency and frequency as long as I showed up and did the basic exercises she prescribed …

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Penile Pain- A Success Story

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By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   “Penile numbness, perineum pain, post void dribble . . . oh my!” *All names and other identifying information has been changed.   Symptom Presentation:    Frank began to have pain in his perineum seemingly out of the blue. The only connection he could make was an instance of loose stool that …

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World Physical Therapy Day- A Q&A about Pelvic Floor PTs

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September 8th is World Physical Therapy Day!   To celebrate, we wanted to do a little Q&A about pelvic floor physical therapy and what it’s like to be a pelvic floor physical therapist!   What is pelvic floor physical therapy?    In a nutshell pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) is the branch of physical therapy that is focused on conditions …

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How Pelvic Floor PT Helps Children with Constipation & Incontinence

In pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Shannon PacellaLeave a Comment

By Shannon Pacella, DPT, PHRC Lexington Did You Know… Bedwetting affects 15%-22% of children, and of those children, 10%-25% have urinary leakage during the day.1  One of the primary causes of bedwetting and daytime wetting is constipation.1 10%-25% of children who bed wet also have difficulty controlling their bowels.1 Awareness of bladder sensation and control of bladder begins between one …

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Pediatric Success Story: Constipation interrupting your kids’ activities?

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By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Symptoms   Many families struggle with constipation in children. Maya is a 10 year old who likes to swim, camp, and play with her little brother. She had suffered with constipation and fecal incontinence most of her life. A year ago, an x-ray showed that she had an enlarged colon from chronic constipation, and …