Bladder Pain/IC

Ketamine Infusion for Pelvic Pain. What is it?

The topic of Ketamine infusions can elicit some strong concerns. Some clinicians are familiar with a type of infusion known as “Ketamine comas,” in which people are placed in a medical coma and stay in an ICU for treatment. This is often viewed as quite extreme, and risky; and leaves many wondering the efficacy of such a treatment when the patient is not actively participating in recovery from a brain/pain connection. For clarification, the coma is not the only protocol available. Ketamine infusions can involve: 1. Outpatient “awake” protocol 2. Low-dose inpatient protocol 3. Ketamine coma. (In addition, there are now physicians who prescribe compounded ointments with Ketamine as one of the medications. This is not the same as an infusion. There’s not enough data at this time about efficacy and safety of this approach with topicals.) Our guest blogger, Dr. Allison Wells, MD, is sharing information about the outpatient procedure. ~ Tracy Sher of Pelvic Guru

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Kegels and Comedy? Meet Gusset Grippers.

Meet Gusset Grippers. Stand-up comedy about ‘wee’, ‘pish’, and ‘banging on’. The 1st Pelvic Professional Spotlight MEET GUSSET GRIPPERS! Who is Elaine Miller, A.K.A Gussie Grips, Gusset Grippers? Usually, discussing matters of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse is NO laughing matter. However, there’s a fabulous, hilarious physiotherapist in the UK (Edinburgh, Scotland) who’s found…

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Bladder Pain and Bowel Issues – Oy! IPPS Conference Highlight Series, Part 1

Bladder Pain and Bowel Issues – Oy! Highlights on these topics from the International Pelvic Pain Society Conference in Orlando, FL, October 17-20, 2013. The 2013 International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) Conference was highly anticipated and with great reason! We were impressed by the excellent clinical information for first-time and return attendees to the conference.…

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Pelvic Pain Research: What’s Happening and Who’s Recruiting?

Pelvic pain research “nerd alert”. You have been warned! Here’s a sampling of some of the great research projects and trials (primarily pelvic pain with some others sprinkled in) listed as CURRENTLY recruiting subjects in the United States and Canada.  Who else hopes the funding dollars are there to support these (crossing fingers)!? Let’s face it: pelvic…

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10 Common Misconceptions About Pelvic Physical Therapy

Have you ever heard of pelvic physical therapy before? Many have not, but this specialty can be a crucial part of someone’s complete medical care – for women, men, and even children. As one my patients recently said,  “I had no idea this sort of thing exists, but I’m sure glad I found it because…

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Medicare G-Code Shortcut Tables: Pelvic PT Jackpot!

* Update 6/12/13 We are thrilled with the positive response we received for the free Pelvic PDF we offered. We received many requests for ortho, neuro, and vestibular tests as well. Here they are! Click Here for PDFs! Ortho, Neuro,   Vestibular! (Free Pelvic still available) A huge thank you goes to Heather Edwards for…

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Pelvic Guru 2012: Most Popular Posts

If you have an interest in pelvic health, you’ll likely want to bookmark this post for reference! What an exciting year for Pelvic Guru! I started Pelvic Guru in mid-2012 with the goal of providing good information, injected with humor at times, regarding anything related to pelvic health. The amount of support and engagement on…

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Toilet Talk: Things You Should Know, But Probably Don’t.

Parents can relate to the fact that we spend a lot of time potty training children. However, that’s likely the only time we experience “toilet talk”.  When I provide basic bowel and bladder tips to my adult patients, I am always surprised when they say “why didn’t anyone tell me that?”.  So, here’s a list…

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Who Seeks Outpatient Pelvic Rehabilitation?

Patients Seeking Outpatient Pelvic Rehabilitation In the current issue of the journal Physical Therapy, Wang and colleagues describe the characteristics of patients (and their pelvic floor diagnoses) presenting for outpatient physical therapy. 109 outpatient clinics participated in this data collection and included information about 2452 patients. The system used for collecting data is FOTO (Focus…

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