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September is IC Awareness Month – 2015 Press Release Hits The Wires

Physical Therapy May Resolve Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Prostatitis

Released: 1-Sep-2015 2:05 PM EDT

poster-2014-400Newswise — (Santa Rosa, CA) For the millions of men and women struggling with recurring bladder and/or prostate pain, finding relief for their symptoms can be difficult. Many have taken antibiotics for years under the mistaken impression that they have an infection. Others have spent thousands of dollars on medications for chronic prostatitis and interstitial cystitis with little success.

International IC and pelvic pain expert Ken Peters MD offered “It is frustrating that after all these years, patients still see five or six doctors without getting a comprehensive evaluation for their pelvic pain disorder. Eighty percent of the patients we see who have been on traditional bladder treatments jump off the table if you put your finger on their pelvic floor muscles.”

This September, patients around the world unite to educate and raise awareness about interstitial cystitis / bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS). One focus is the growing role of pelvic floor tension and myalgia in patients struggling with chronic urinary symptoms. It’s not unusual for symptoms to begin after events that provide trauma to the pelvic floor such as childbirth, surgery, riding a bicycle, repetitive lifting and sitting for long periods of time. Athletes are also at risk.

Jill Osborne MA, President of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, shared “Twenty years ago, we had no idea that so many patients had pelvic floor dysfunction which explains why traditional bladder and prostate therapies were ineffective and why many clinical trials failed. These patients needed physical therapy.” In 2012, the results from an NIH funded multi-center clinical trial found that myofascial physical therapy significantly reduced urinary symptoms associated with IC.

A small but growing number of clinicians now provide pelvic floor assessments and treatment for men and women. Ms. Osborne continued “Unfortunately, some doctors still don’t understand the influence of the pelvic floor on other organs. Patients, too, may not believe that their severe symptoms can come from their pelvic floor. If you struggle with urinary frequency, urgency, constipation, straining, pain with intimacy, pain in the pelvis, rectum or sexual organs, you should request a pelvic floor assessment. It takes five minutes. If present, PFD can be treated.”

In 2015, IC specialists are now creating individualized phenotypes for their patients to help target treatments more successfully. In a recent article, Dr. Christopher Payne suggested five key subtypes: Hunner’s lesions, bladder wall sensitivity, pelvic floor tension, pudendal neuralgia and functional somatic syndrome. Treatments would then be chosen accordingly.

The IC Awareness Month campaign encourages patients to be health activists in their community. They can distribute educational materials to physicians and clinics, design posters, start support groups, encourage their political representatives to issue proclamations, share their stories with local media outlets and donate to IC research centers.

Learn more about IC and the campaign by visiting our website, http://www.icawareness.org.

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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.