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Why It Hurts Down There – Prevention Covers Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Preventionmagwhyithurts Prevention Magazine released a fabulous article, “Why It Hurts Down There“, which discusses how pelvic floor dysfunction can be the cause of many pelvic pain conditions, such as IC, vulvodynia, constipation and so forth. It shares two compelling patient stories who, after many physician visits, finally discovered that the pelvic floor muscles, specifically pelvic floor tension, scars and/or adhesions, were the cause of their vulvar, pelvic and back pain. With the CORRECT treatment, both responded beautifully to therapy and are doing very well!

Urogynecologist Colleen Fitzgerald Md, medical director of the Chronic Pelvic Pain Program at Loyola University in Chicago, said “If you’re not seeing a specialist who understands the impact these muscles have in causing pain or making it worse, you may not be getting the best care. Less than half of the women who would benefit from a pelvic-floor evaluation are getting one.”

We agree completely and so do most IC specialists. There have always been some men and women with IC who did not respond to traditional bladder wall therapies. Now we know the reason why. Many of those patients probably had pelvic floor dysfunction instead. And, as the article notes, physical therapy has a very high success rate in reducing pain and discomfort.

In 2014, pelvic floor assessments are now a mandatory part of the diagnostic process and referral to physical therapists specializing in pelvic pain is a must. Patients who cannot afford treatment may find help in three books: Heal Pelvic Pain by Amy Stein, Ending Female pelvic Pain by Isa Herrera and Ending Male Pelvic Pain, also by Isa Herrera. Physical therapist Mary Ruth Velicki also shares her personal story with PFD and her recovery in a new book, Healing Through Chronic Pain.

One point that the article makes at the end is the importance of using Kegel exercises correctly. Kegel exercises are designed to tighten muscles, therefore are NOT used in patients with pelvic floor tension. Kegels ARE used for patients whose muscles are weak and they are struggling with incontinence.

Please read the article here and share with your friends!

By |2017-01-31T13:11:13+00:00April 10th, 2014|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Men's Health, Must Reads, Pain Care, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain, Self-Help Tips for IC, Bladder & Pelvic Pain|Comments Off on Why It Hurts Down There – Prevention Covers Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.