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Why Get PT 1st? Here are the facts

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast7 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast   Vaginal pain. Burning with urination. Post-ejaculatory pain. Constipation. Genital pain following bowel movements. Pelvic pain that prevents sitting, exercising, wearing pants and having pleasurable intercourse. When a person develops these symptoms, physical therapy is not the first avenue of treatment they turn to for help. In fact, physical therapists are not even considered at all. This …

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Gwyneth’s Goop and the Pelvic Floor: What They Missed

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Female Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow’s popular newsletter featured an article on pelvic floor muscles, which prompted numerous emails and tweets in my direction. Apparently this is a topic that makes my friends and colleagues think of me. While pondering why everyone, except for me,  seems to be reading Goop,  I took a look. I am glad to see …

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Vulvovaginal Disease Update 2014: Must-read Nuggets

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

Last month three of our PTs, Allison, Malinda, and Stacey attended the Vulvovaginal Disease Update 2014. Vulvar dermatoses affects millions in the United States often greatly interfering with a woman’s quality of life. And as pelvic floor PTs, it’s certainly an issue that can overlap with the musculoskeletal impairments that we treat. Therefore, this annual conference, which is hosted by …

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How do I know if I have Pudendal Neuralgia or Pudendal Nerve Entrapment?

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast515 Comments

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 and Dr. Mark Conway. Stay tuned for this …

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Case Study: PT for a Vulvodynia Diagnosis

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer2 Comments

Over the years we’ve treated a wide variety of pelvic floor syndromes at PHRC, and one of the things we’ve learned is that every case is different. Therefore, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. We hope that our new “Case Study” section will help to drive this important reality home. Every couple of months we will …