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As The Pelvis Turns: Top Blogs of 2023

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Pain, Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Pelvic Health, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Vulvodynia by Emily TranLeave a Comment

By PHRC Admin Team   As we find ourselves on the cusp of a new year, it’s time to take a nostalgic walk down memory lane and revisit the top blogs of 2023. This year has been a rollercoaster ride, filled with insightful discussions, enlightening discoveries, and inspiring stories from all across the globe. So, let’s wrap up the year …

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Symptoms of Perimenopause

In Menopause, pelvic floor physical therapy by Emily TranLeave a Comment

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Perimenopause and menopause are finally getting more attention & we’re grateful this is finally happening because people in these phases of life are struggling with TREATABLE symptoms.   People think of perimenopause as a time marked by irregular periods but much more than that is happening. It can begin as early …

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Demystifying Pelvic Floor Disorders

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Pain by Emily TranLeave a Comment

By PHRC Admin     Pelvic floor disorders are a group of medical conditions that affect millions worldwide. Despite their prevalence, these disorders often remain undiagnosed and untreated due to lack of awareness and social stigma. In this blog post, we will summarize key information from an article by Today’s Woman that our cofounder, Stephanie Prendergast was interviewed for. We …

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Success Story: Exploring the Clinical Presentation of CPPS

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain, Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Pain by Emily Tran1 Comment

By Lauren Rogne, PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco     The case of the mysterious pelvic pain – Exploring the clinical presentation of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) Background Ben is a 35 year old with sudden onset of urinary tract-like infection symptoms, including urinary frequency, urgency, pain and burning. He visited his doctor, and his urinalysis came back negative …

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Tarlov Cysts: Everything You Need to Know

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy by Emily TranLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   What are Tarlov Cysts? Tarlov cysts (a.k.a. perineural cysts) are cerebrospinal fluid-filled sacs found near the nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal canal, most commonly in the sacral spine area (the lower back and tailbone).    While it is not known exactly what causes these cysts, they have …

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Triumph Through Telehealth: Jim’s Journey Overcoming Chronic Prostatitis

In Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Male Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Telehealth by Emily Tran3 Comments

By Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT, RYT , PHRC Lexington   For the estimated 15% of men worldwide who suffer from pelvic pain, finding the right providers to properly diagnose and treat their pain can be a daunting task, especially when seeking local options in their community. As a result, some patients end up traveling long distances to receive care.  Fortunately, …

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Updated 2023 Virtual Services

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Menopause, Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Telehealth, pelvic floor yoga and pilates, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Emily Tran2 Comments

By PHRC Admin Team   Did you know that the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center offers a variety of virtual health services?   Often people do not understand their symptoms until they stumble upon our website, blog, or social media channels. Some people have a diagnosis but they do not have a pelvic floor physical therapist locally to help them. …

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National Breast Cancer Month: Raising Awareness

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By PHRC Admin Team   October is National Breast Cancer Month, a time to raise awareness about this deadly disease that affects millions of people across the globe. Approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common form of cancer among women in the United States .   This month …

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Why Everyone In Menopause Deserves Pelvic Floor PT

In Menopause, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles Our muscles are hormonally sensitive structures and weaken over time as we experience hormonal decline. In addition, the prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction rises and the combination of these two scenarios can cause people a fair amount of grief. A recent study showed 95.3% of people with lumbopelvic pain also had …

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Symptoms of PFD & the Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

In Menopause, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   As people age, circulating hormones decline and pelvic floor dysfunction rises. The combination of these changes can cause unnecessary suffering and distress. The unfortunate news is that most people do not realize their symptoms may be related to hormonal deficiencies & musculoskeletal issues. However, the good news is both scenarios …

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Embracing Sexual Health Awareness: Chronic Pain & Intimacy

In Pain, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Vaginismus by Emily TranLeave a Comment

By Emily Tran, PHRC Westlake Village   September marks Sexual Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of sexual health and well-being. One often overlooked aspect of sexual health is the impact of chronic pain on intimacy. Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic pain, and it can significantly affect their relationships and sex lives. In …

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Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS) is considered a chronic overlapping pain condition (COPC) and it is common, affecting up to 12 million people in the United States alone. The good news is – it’s treatable!   Symptoms of IC/PBS can include, but are not limited too: Urinary urgency, frequency, and …

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Success Story: From Birth Prep to Birth Success at PHRC

In Pelvic Health, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Molly BachmannLeave a Comment

By Molly Bachmann, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   Suzy came to Pelvic Floor PT during her second pregnancy in hopes of addressing some recent heaviness she had felt in her vagina. She also complained of urinating every hour and waking up two to three times a night to urinate. She hoped to prepare her body for birth and postpartum as …

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Trauma-Informed Care Approaches for a Pelvic Floor PT

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by pelv_admin5 Comments

By admin   According to the Center for Health Care Strategies, “a trauma-informed approach to care acknowledges that health care organizations and care teams need to have a complete picture of a patient’s life situation — past and present — in order to provide effective health care services with a healing orientation.” In the image we have listed a few …

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The Jaw and Foot: Connections to the Pelvic Floor

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

  Did you know that your foot can affect your pelvic floor? Foot and ankle positioning has an effect on the pelvic floor by influencing changes in muscle activation up the legs ultimately resulting in changes with pelvic tilt positioning.  There are biomechanical changes from the ground up.  The connection in brain mapping of motor and sensation- the genitals and …

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Fusobacterium and Endometriosis: New Insights or Media Frenzy?

In Endometriosis, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by Jandra MuellerLeave a Comment

By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas   The recent study titled “Fusobacterium infection facilitates the development of endometriosis through the phenotypic transition of endometrial fibroblasts” by Muraoka et al. has generated significant attention and frenzy in the media.  The media coverage of this article has been intense, with headlines highlighting the potential breakthrough in understanding the pathogenesis of endometriosis, …

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Dyspareunia: Symptoms and Associated Conditions

In Endometriosis, Female Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   What is dyspareunia? A high number of people with a vagina suffer from painful versus pleasurable sex, including before, during or after sexual encounters. Superficial dyspareunia refers to pain at the opening of the vagina, whereas deep dyspareunia refers to feelings like something is being ‘hot’ or painful, deeper inside.  …

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Biomechanical Evaluation for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & PF Functions

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   To start, there are various functions we can thank our pelvic floor, but let’s get into the MAIN functions: Part of core muscles The pelvic floor supports your core muscles: transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, and the external oblique muscles. The PFM tends to act reflexively when we’re using our core …

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June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

In Male Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Health by Elizabeth AkincilarLeave a Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and it’s an important reminder of the need to prioritize preventative care and wellness for all. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, men are more likely to experience serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, diabetes, suicide, substance abuse …

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What to Expect at a Prepartum/Postpartum Evaluation

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles During prepartum/postpartum evaluations, a physical therapist will take an extensive medical history. Following the history, the PT will perform a thorough external and internal musculoskeletal exam.   Your evaluation should include: Musculoskeletal: An assessment of structure, muscles, tissue, joints and manual evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles. We can identify problematic …

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Male Pelvic Health: Erectile Dysfunction Causes & Treatments

In Male Pelvic Pain, Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the leading cause of sexual dysfunction in men affecting one in five men. It is defined as the inability to achieve & maintain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse. There are several causes for ED. Vasculogenic, or due to an issue with blood supply, is the …