An Integrated Approach to Pelvic Pain Interview with Robert J. Echenberg, medical advisory board ICA. What are the challenges of dealing with overlapping pelvic pain conditions? The pelvic region is the busiest region of the body, both functionally and mechanically. We constantly use our pelvic region with all of the obvious bodily functions of elimination, reproduction, sexual pleasure—and we really can’t do any other activities without structurally using our pelvis as well. Plus the stats are astounding—estimates of up to 30 million women and an unknown number of men suffer from CPP in the U.S. alone. Because there are so many conditions that overlap within the pelvis and elsewhere in the body, the biggest challenge to our system itself is that we are not training pelvic pain specialists who look at the whole person and know how to “connect the dots” regarding pain management expertise. The pelvis is divided up into six or seven different specialties, and if you link all the psychological effects and how the body predictably responds to cumulative injury and trauma, unfortunately few of those specialists are currently being taught 21st century pain science. Meanwhile, those trained in pain management commonly fall short in their training of any of the pelvic organ “triggers.” Patients themselves face the biggest challenge in their quest for someone who recognizes that so many of these overlapping illnesses are really connected.
Here are some of the important messages that we hope you have taken on board: Your brain can be a powerful tool to help you manage your pain experience. Like all of our life experiences, that of being in pain can be changed. You are not to blame for your persistent pain. You can experience pain without evidence of tissue damage and not experience pain when tissue damage has occurred. Drugs (or needles) alone are not the answer. The “third space” engagement gives you the best possible opportunity to better manage your pain. Consider embracing the whope model of care. Could this be your slogan? Know pain, know thyself!
As usual, I was waiting for a lead. Waiting to hear that someone with chronic pain had found a way out of it and was cured. Mrs Gleeson, I could have bet you were going to say you were fine, after all, you looked it! And so did Lesley Brydon, Pain Australia's CEO... how could she be in any pain?
Register at: pudendalassociation.org For Patients with Chronic Pelvic Pain SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 Sheraton Annapolis, ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND Topics Overview of Pudendal Neuralgia: Concomitant Conditions: IC, Vulvodynia, Vestibulitis, Endometriosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Non-surgical Treatments Anatomy of the Pudendal Nerve / Magnetic [...]
John Quintner, Professor Milton Cohen and Dr Geoffrey Bove recently published a very controversial review – A critical evaluation of the trigger point phenomenon. Their article aims to show the hypothesis – “Myofascial Pain arising from Trigger Points” – formulated [...]
I don’t think I need to write an introduction for Dr Echenberg or Bridge for Pelvic Pain. The only explanation I feel I need to give is that I was drawn (pardon the pun!) to Dr Echenberg’s fabulous ‘patient expressions’ [...]
Celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue shares his story of living with nerve pain as he becomes the ambassador of a new health awareness campaign called Share Your Pain, which launches today to coincide with the beginning of the Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain². “Share Your Pain aims to increase understanding that nerve pain feels different,” Ben said.
(Excerpt from www.iasp-pain.org) The World Congress on Pain is the premier congress devoted to the research and treatment of pain. Every two years the Congress boasts a hearty program composed of refresher courses, plenary lectures, topical workshops and symposia, and [...]
(Read the full post on the Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA website: www.arthritiswa.org.au or click on the flyer to download a pdf) 14th Nov 2014 to 15th Nov 2014 Time 08.30 - 4.30 Registration Closing Date 7th Nov 2014 Venue Information Wyliie Arthritis Centre 17 Lemnos Street Shenton Park WA On-site About the venue Lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided. Contact John Quintner & Melanie Galbraith John: 0419956418 firstname.lastname@example.org Melanie: 0405963658 MelanieG@arthritiswa.org.au Registration General $375.00 ea Event Description What sets "Making Sense of Pain" apart from other Pain Management workshops and seminars? We show you how to put this information into practice and improve your interactions with patients to ensure more positive outcomes. This workshop is dedicated to the memory of Robert Elvey [1942-2013], a WA pioneering physiotherapist (pictured on the flyer).
(Excerpt and bookings pudendalassociation.org) Pudendal Neuralgia Conference A LIVE CME ACTIVITY FOR PHYSICIANS Saturday September 27, 2014 7:30 AM-5:30 PM The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA 8 credits, Category 1