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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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Are Oral Birth Control Pills a Cause Of Or Solution For Pelvic Pain?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC West Los Angeles A frequent question from social media:    “I have Vestibulodynia and painful bladder syndrome. I am almost symptom free except for near or during my period. My hormone levels are fine. My urologist prescribed testosterone cream because he found atrophy. At the same time I have another doctor telling me that …

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How Denise Reduced Prolapse Symptoms with Therapeutic Yoga at PHRC

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Pain by Melissa PatrickLeave a Comment

By Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT, RYT Denise  is an active 61 year old woman who enjoys spending time outside walking her dog, going to Zumba class and practicing yoga. When I met Denise, I could tell that she was energetic and lively but that her primary complaints of vaginal pressure were putting a damper on her lifestyle. I am happy …

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Pain in your tailbone? You are not alone: Michelle’s Success Story

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By Jennifer Keesee, PT, DPT, PHRC Westlake Village   Michelle is a 39 year old patient who was referred to PHRC by her pain management specialist for evaluation and treatment of tailbone pain, known as Coccydynia. Her symptoms started one year after giving birth to her second child, and had continued off and on for about three years. Michelle did …

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Hard Flaccid: Causes, Treatments, and Symptoms

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

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack Although our knowledge is limited with regards to hard-flaccid syndrome, based upon the minimal medical literature dedicated to this syndrome and our own experience at PHRC, hard-flaccid syndrome most commonly occurs secondary to the following:   When the PFM, particularly the urogenital diaphragm, or superficial PFM, become too tight or hypertonic, they can …

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How PFPT Helped Following a Prostatectomy: Peter’s Story

In Male Pelvic Pain, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

By Peter and Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Pelvic Physical Therapy (PPT) has been a wonderfully life changing experience for me following prostate cancer treatment. It has been a nearly three year journey, and I cannot speak highly enough of the benefits of my kind, caring, and immensely skilled PPT therapist. What are these benefits? In short, marked improvement …

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How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Helped Megan Eliminate Rectal Pain and Bowel Dysfunction

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Pain by Kim BuonomoLeave a Comment

By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington   Introduction Megan (mid-50 year old cisgender female) started seeing me in September 2021. She had a history of bowel dysfunction since giving birth to her daughter in the late 1990’s. She described her symptoms as a pattern of alternating constipation and diarrhea, associated with bloating, hemorrhoids and abdominal discomfort. She thought for a …

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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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PT Across the Lifespan: Celebrating International Women’s Day

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

By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack   As we recognize International Women’s Day in March, this is the perfect opportunity to educate our community about how pelvic floor physical therapy can benefit women and folks with uteruses throughout the different phases of their lives. The truth is, virtually all women and people with uteruses will benefit from the education, …

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Announcing Virtual Pregnancy + Postpartum Pelvic Health Services

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Molly BachmannLeave a Comment

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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A Peripartum Product Guide for Pregnant Friends by a Pelvic Floor PT

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

What does a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist gift her pregnant friends at their baby showers?   By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   Working in the medical field places one in a unique position when it comes to relationships with family and friends. Frequently I’ll receive questions about aches and pains, emails asking for advice, etc. Working in …

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PHRC is accepting new patients in Pasadena, California!

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

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, PHRC West Los Angeles The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is excited to announce that we are now accepting new patients in our newest location in Pasadena! Let’s be real, Los Angeles traffic is no joke. Since we opened in West LA in 2014 we have been honored to help patients from all over the greater …

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Working on mind over bladder? Urine good company

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, pelvic floor physical therapy by Molly BachmannLeave a Comment

By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   Urination is one of the most reliable body functions a person can have. You go about your daily routine, you receive a little message to your brain that says “Hey there! It’s me, your bladder. We’re pretty fully down here. Do you think you could empty me?” You listen to your …

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ICYMI: IG Live with Sexual Medicine Expert Rachel Rubin

In pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health, Vulvodynia by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, PHRC Los Angeles   A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Rachel Rubin on Instagram Live. I wanted to interview Rachel because of her unique background as a board-certified female urologist who completed a sexual medicine fellowship with Dr. Irwin Goldstein. Dr. Rubin is a clinician, a researcher, and a vocal educator …

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Dear Doctor, Your Patients are Human; An Open Letter

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

By Emily Schwerdtfeger, PHRC Westlake Village Admin Assistant A patient submitted this letter following their personal experience with patient care   An open letter to any doctor who’s ever seen a patient. To patients who have experienced something similar, I’m sorry and you didn’t deserve it.   “I understand that doctors have limited time with patients and that medicine is …

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Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause: Symptoms and Solutions

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, PHRC Los Angeles Did you know that the term Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) was introduced as recently as 2014? What!? Women have been going through menopause as long as we have been on the planet. Why are we talking about it? Because too many women are currently suffering with treatable symptoms because of conflicting & …

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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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You’re Invited to a Live Virtual Event! Sue’s Pelvic Pain Success Story & Going the Distance for her Cause! 

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By Kim Buonomo, DPT, PHRC Lexington   Here at PHRC we love to celebrate our patients’ success and we are inviting you to join us for a special success story and fundraising event. We shared a little on IG Live last week, in case you missed it, you can view the video on our Instagram. Register for the full event …

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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?

In pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic floor physical therapy, Pelvic Health by Melinda FontaineLeave a Comment

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 …

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Can TMS help people with Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome?

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

By Jason J. Kutch, PhD and Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, PHRC West Los Angeles Interstitial Cystitis/ Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS) is a pelvic pain syndrome that is characterized by urgency/frequency and pelvic pain, affecting up to 7.9 million vagina owners and roughly 10% of penis owners in the United States. It is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that there are no diagnostic …