How Common Is Bladder Pain?

The American Urological Association defines BPS/interstitial cystitis as “an unpleasant sensation (pain, pressure, discomfort) perceived to be related to the urinary bladder🎈, associated with lower urinary tract symptoms of more than six weeks duration, in the absence of infection or other identifiable causes.” Many may describe their pain as “flares” of worsening symptoms triggered by stress, intercourse, menses, or diet.
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⚕️The diagnosis is based on a detailed history and physical examination rather than specialized diagnostic tests.
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💊Pharmacotherapy alone, particularly with opioids, should be discouraged. A multidisciplinary, multimodal approach starting with the least invasive therapies is recommended.
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Pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) is recommended to address musculoskeletal abnormalities that may be contributing to the pain. This type of specialized physical therapy has been shown to be highly successful for bladder pain/IC.
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Source: JAMA December 24/31, 2019 Volume 322, Number 24

Published by Dr. Cora T Huitt

Cora T. Huitt, PT, DPT, BCB-PMD ~Thirty seven years of clinical practice, specializing in women's health for fifteen years. ~BS Degree in Allied Health Professions, Ohio State University, '72. ~Master of Arts in College Teaching (MACT) focus in Physical Therapy & Therapeutic Exercise, University of North Carolina, '76. ~ Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University, 2010 ~Attended multiple courses offered in Women's Health Physical Therapy, including Pelvic 1, 2, 3 Course in Women's Health Section APTA. ~Member of VPTA and APTA, Women's Health Section. ~BCIA-PMDB Biofeedback- Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. ~Certified Pilates instructor, ProHealth. ~Affiliate member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ~Member of International Continence Society. ~Member of National Vulvodynia Association. ~Adjunct Clinical Faculty for student affiliation at multiple universities. ~Director of APTA Women's Health Residency since 2007, credentialed in 2008. (only other residency at Duke Unviersity)

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