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The Peripheral Nervous System, Interstitial Cystitis, and Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Katie Hunter5 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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3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Pain Updates, Part I

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Last month, pelvic pain enthusiasts traveled from all over the globe to attend the 3rd World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain in Washington, DC. The World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain is joint scientific meeting between the International Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group on Abdomino-Pelvic Pain, Convergences in pelvic-Perineal …

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Tips for Coping With Persistent Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Erika Toronto2 Comments

  By Jessica Newman, LMHC   Living with persistent pelvic pain is, by definition, painful physically. What can be hard to talk about (especially for folks with pelvic pain) is just how emotionally distressing the pain is. And because the mind and body are a functional whole (think: a Mobius strip) emotional distress can trigger or amplify physical pain and …

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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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Prostatitis, pelvic pain, and physical therapy: a case of success!

In Male Pelvic Pain by Jandra Mueller6 Comments

  By Jandra Mueller   David was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and prostatitis. Antibiotics did not help. Did he have an infection or pelvic floor dysfunction? A few initial words from David:   “My journey that ended with pelvic health and rehabilitation began with an unfortunate experience that I understand is all too common a story for men. …

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I insist! My pelvic pain is my Tarlov cyst!!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer14 Comments

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   For the average person, the words Tarlov cyst mean absolutely nothing. For the average medical professional, they mean little to nothing. So why are we devoting an entire blog post to these cysts that no one seems to care about? Full disclosure, personally, I was curious what the literature had to offer on Tarlov cysts …

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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   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 too. Warning: it is …

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Male Pelvic Pain: It’s Time to Treat Men Right

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer19 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast and Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   Tony is one of those people who seem superhuman. In his early 30s, he’s lean and athletic. When he isn’t chasing after one of his three young children or helping to run a successful family business, you can find him surfing, hunting, snowboarding, golfing, swimming, or playing basketball.   It’s hard to …

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Is Cryotherapy an effective treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia?

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Sara Saunder12 Comments

  People recovering from pudendal neuralgia will tell you there is a lack of understanding about this diagnosis and treatment options in the medical community. Week after week, our blog, How do I know if I have PN or PNE,  is one of our most read posts. Recently there has been discussion about cryotherapy treatment for pudendal neuralgia. Sara Saunders, PT, …

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A Mesh of a Situation

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer7 Comments

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   In May 2015 a Delaware jury ordered Boston Scientific, a medical device company, to pay a woman $100 million for pain complications following vaginal mesh placement for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. A few months prior to that a Texas woman was awarded $73 million for similar complications. Some think that these cases are just …

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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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Pudendal Neuralgia Series 1: Interdisciplinary Conversations from IPPS 2015

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast7 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Pudendal Neuralgia seems to be a diagnosis that is more polarized and controversial than other pelvic pain diagnoses. Why? Over a series of posts we will look at the evolution of this diagnosis, and why we need the perspective of a pelvic floor physical therapist, pain management specialist Dr. Sheldon Jordan, and gynecologist/pelvic pain specialist/pudendal …

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Why Stephanie and Liz are Writing a Book

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast22 Comments

For the past six months, Stephanie and Liz have been busily working on writing a book titled Pelvic Pain Explained: Everything you Need to know to Help you Navigate the Complex Terrain of Pelvic Pain. The book will be published by Rowman & Littlefield. (We don’t have the publication date yet, so stay tuned for that info!) As we’ve watched …

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2014 IPPS Conference Must-Read Nuggets: Part II

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

Last week we brought you our first round of “must-read” nuggets from the 2014 IPPS Conference in Chicago, this week we’re offering up the second round. Allison heard Andrew Goldstein, M.D. discuss The Role of Combined Hormonal Contraceptives and Vulvodynia. Dr. Goldstein argues that the use of birth control pills could be linked to the genesis of female pelvic pain. …

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2014 IPPS Conference Must-Read Nuggets: Part I

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast11 Comments

Last week our staff attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) in Chicago. During its nearly 20-year existence the IPPS has been a major driver of the progress made in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain. And what makes the Annual Meeting of the organization so exciting is that it provides an opportunity for our …

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Treating Pudendal Neuralgia

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast150 Comments

Part II in the “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series After Thanksgiving we will be publishing the third blog in our pudendal neuralgia series that will focus on the pudendal nerve entrapment diagnosis and the decompression surgery that’s associated with it. For this post, we have interviewed the two top surgeons in the country that perform the aforementioned surgery, Dr. Michael Hibner …