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  • 00:31

    Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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    I am very excited to have Audrey Baum, WHNP, RNC as our guest speaker for this episode. She is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at Lonestar Urogynecology in Round Rock, TX. Audrey and I will be discussing a condition that affects many women, pelvic organ prolapse. We will be defining pelvic prolapse, discussing causes, and addressing a variety of treatment options.

  • 00:31

    Interstitial Cystitis and Pelvic Pain

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    This episode will discuss Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and how it relates to pelvic pain. I will be discussing IC, pelvic pain, and conservative treatment options for this diagnosis. Please tune in live where you can call in or instant chat questions. All shows are also archived for your convenience. 
    This episode is part of an on-going series of shows that are meant to raise awareness to pelvic floor diagnoses. I am a physical therapist who treats women's and men's health conditions related to the pelvic floor and am very passionate about getting the word out on these less frequently discussed topics. 

  • 00:23

    Physical Therapy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

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    This episode will discuss Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Pelvic organ prolapse is descent of the anterior or posterior vaginal wall or descent of the apex of the vagina. It occurs due to weakening of the ligaments and muscles in the pelvic floor.  Today, I will be addressing causes, symptoms, and physical therapy treatment for POP. 

  • 00:29

    What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

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    Today’s episode will hopefully help to answer some of the common questions that patients have regarding pelvic floor physical therapy. Many do not know that this specialty area of physical therapy even exists, much less what all it entails. I will be discussing the basics of what to expect from a typical pelvic floor evaluation and treatment, how to go about locating a pelvic floor physical therapist and questions to ask them to ensure they are a good fit for your condition, as well as some common questions that many patients have on their first visit. 

  • 00:31

    Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Part 2

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    I am very excited to have Audrey Baum, WHNP, RNC as our guest speaker for this episode. She is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at Lonestar Urogynecology in Round Rock, TX. Audrey and I will be discussing a condition that affects many women, pelvic organ prolapse. We will be defining pelvic prolapse, discussing causes, and addressing a variety of treatment options. This is a follow up/continuation to the show that aired on January 3rd regarding pelvic organ prolapse.

  • 00:17

    Pelvic Pain Special Interest Group for the AAGL

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    Dr. Lamvu breifly discusses the role of this Special Group of AAGL. 


    Our show was cut short due to technicial difficulties.  We will work on getting Dr. Lamvu  back on the show very soon to continue our discussion about education in the medical field and Vulvadynia.


    Dr. Lamvu is Medical Unit Director of Gynecology and Director of the Fellowship in Advanced Gynecologic Disorders and Minimally-Invasive Surgery at Florida Hospital. She serves on the board for the International Pelvic Pain Society and is internationally recognized for promoting research of chronic pelvic pain disorders. Dr. Lamvu and the physicians at Advanced & Minimally Invasive Gynecology offer patients new and advanced treatment options for advanced gynecologic disorders. These include chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, abnormal bleeding and benign pelvic masses such as fibroids and ovarian cysts.  This advanced gynecology practice is located in the Health Village by Florida Hospital Orlando.


     

  • 00:54

    Medical Sociologist, Jane Leserman, Discusses Abuse, Trauma, and Pelvic Pain

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    Dr. Jane Leserman, who will be speaking at the International Pelvic Pain Society conference this October, is a medical sociologist and retired Professor from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The focus of her research has been on how stress and traumatic life events (e.g., sexual and physical abuse) affect long-term physical and mental health.  Specifically, she has examined the effects of stress and trauma on patients with gastrointestinal disorders, pelvic pain and those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).  Her research has shown that trauma and stress are associated with many diverse and severe health effects years after these events.  Stress has been related to faster progression to AIDS and increased risk for mortality among the HIV infected.  Patients being seen for chronic pelvic pain and gastrointestinal disorders have worse health status (more health visits, poorer function, more pain) if they have a history of trauma. Dr. Leserman’s research has been the inspiration behind her becoming a member of the board of her local agency to prevent domestic violence.  Dr. Leserman has authored and co-authored over 100 papers on topics concerning psychosomatic and behavioral medicine. 


    You will not want to miss this one-hour discussion on her research behind the role of physical and sexual abuse and trauma within the diagnoses of chronic pelvic pain disorders. This will be a sneak preview of her larger lecture at the International Pelvic Pain Society conference in October (www.pelvicpain.org). 

  • 00:59

    The body, mind & brain in pelvic pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach

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    Our guest for this show was, Carolyn Vandyken, BHSc, PT, Cred MDT, CCMA (acup). She is the co-owner of Pelvic Health Solutions, a post-graduate education company dedicated to training physiotherapists, midwives, nurses, doctors and other health care professionals on pelvic floor function. She is also the Clinical Practice Leader in Pelvic Health for Centric Health where she mentors and trains pelvic health physiotherapists throughout Canada.


    To learn more, please visit Pelvic Health for Centric Health and Pelvic Health Solutions


    Patient Education:  


    Brainman Youtube Videos


    Overcome Pain, Live Well Again 


    Why Pelvic Pain Hurts Booklet 


    Pelvic Pain Solutions Website  


    Therapist and Patient Resources for Persistent Pain


    New Therapeutic Exercise for Pain

  • 01:21

    Pelvic Floor PT and Health Coach, Laura Ricci, Discusses Nutritional Hope

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    June 10th at 1:30pm EST, Laura Ricci, DPT, will join us to discuss her expertise on how she utilizes integrative modalities to not only help herself, but help countless others in their quest for healing and reclaimed life. Laura Ricci is a licensed doctor of physical therapy specializing in Women's Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, as well as a certified Women's Health Nutrition Coach (WHNC) through the Integrative Pelvic Health Institute (IPHI). Through her own medical challenges, including cancer and major orthopedic surgery, she found a passion for nutrition.  Since Laura had so much personal experience with surgery and recovery, she wrote and taught the Nutrition Pre- and Post- Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery course for the IPHI, due to her extensive experience in both areas.


    Laura enjoys learning and expanding her knowledge in the areas of functional medicine and nutrition. She has completed a one-year certification in holistic health coaching and nutrition through the IPHI, and is currently completing a two-year Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner Training Program through the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology.


    Laura teaches nutrition classes and provides private, one-on-one nutrition and health coaching for clients at Live Well Fit.


    She strives to be a light in the darkness, offering hope for others with her personal story of love and healing. She lives with her husband in Amarillo, Texas, where she loves healthy cooking, going to Tai Chi class, and spending time in nature.

  • 00:58

    Urologist and CPP Specialist, Dr. Jeannette Potts, Discusses Male Pelvic Pain

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    Urologist and chronic pelvic pain specialist, Dr. Jeannette Potts, joins us from the West Coast today as she discusses her work within the field of pelvic pain in men. She will specifically be discussing the role of Prostatitis and Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome. She will also discuss why she chooses to focus on men and the issue around gendered medicine.


    After practicing at the Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute for 15 years, Dr. Potts realized she needed to find a better way to provide more holistic care to men suffering from Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes (UCPPS). During her tenure at the Cleveland Clinic she became more subspecialized, focusing her work in prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain, and psychosexual well-being. Dr. Potts was named among the "best Urologists" in North East Ohio, by Cleveland Magazine.


    She has been a passionate collaborator with the NIH and the IPCN, to advance research and care of patients suffering from UCPPS. She has published numerous articles in urology and family medicine and has given over 100 lectures on UCPPS and related topics, as an invited speaker at medical and urological conferences world-wide.


    Dr. Potts is Assistant Clinical Instructor, on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland.


     


     

  • 01:08

    Alliance For Pelvic Pain - Interview

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    NEW DATES (the date was changed due to weather in NYC, updated 3/5/14):  The Rescheduled Conference will be held on May 31 to June 1, 2014 in NYC.


    We are pleased to talk with Amy Stein, PT and Dr. Robert Echenberg of the ALLIANCE FOR PELVIC PAIN. They are here to discuss the 2nd Annual Patient Conference, designed to help women and men figure out how to truly heal and help living with chronic pelvic pain.


    http://www.allianceforpelvicpain.com


    Please join our conversation by listening live at 3:00 pm Pacific time or 6:00 pm Eastern time


    The Alliance for Pelvic Pain is offering a special discount to Pelvic Messenger listeners:  $50 of the registration fee or $100 off for patients that will be flying to NYC to attend the conference (maximum discount is $100).  To redeem discount, when registering, under comments, write in, “Pelvic Messenger Listener”.  Those using this discount must pay by check, money order or wire transfer (Discount not valid with paypal payments).