Posts made in November, 2013

Interstitial Cystitis (IC):

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Rectal Pain, Visceral Pain

Interstitial Cystitis (IC): bladder pain syndrome, is a chronic inflammatory condition of the submucosal and muscular layers of the bladder. Interstitial cystitis presents as pain related to the bladder with urgency and frequency to urinate. There is also pelvic floor muscle dysfunction which involves overactivity, spasm, trigger points, shortening, and pain. Here we observe my patient’s cystoscopy results. We are looking inside the bladder via a little camera. You see some red spots which are called glomerulations. Glomerulations are irritated blood vessels which produce tiny areas of...

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Need a Public Restroom?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Social Media

Article in a NYC paper today regarding a new website,, to make it easier for people to locate public restrooms. A sure sign that incontinence continues to be on the rise.

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Patient Testimony: Aimee, 37, California

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Gastrointestinal, Hemorrhoids, Rectal Pain, Testimonials, Vulvodynia

“I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme’s disease which caused gastrointestinal issues, TMJ pain, chronic headaches, vulvodynia, rectal pain and hemorrhoids. I have been in physical therapy for the last 8 years with some improvement. I’ve been under the care of Dr. Morrison for the last 3 months and I’ve seen more improvement in these last 3 months then I’ve seen over my full course of treatment. I truly believe Dr. Morrison would have been able to completely get me better if my body wasn’t still fighting Lyme’s disease. My pelvic floor is the most improved. My burning is almost completely...

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International Continence Society Conference 2013 in Barcelona

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Continence, Male Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction, Protatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain, Pudendal Neuropathy, Visceral Pain, Vulvodynia

Just attended a phone conference review of all of the new research presented at the International Continence Society 2013 in Barcelona. Some interesting research topics included: levator ani defects found in 13-39% women after vaginal delivery and MRI studies show that post partum women with levator ani defects at 6 months post partum may recover on their own yet some remain with major defects; patients with urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse who demonstrated severely weak or absent pelvic floor muscle contraction upon vaginal palpation and after being trained in proper...

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Patient Testimony: Ann, age 32, Astoria, NY

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Testimonials, Vulvodynia

“I am 32, and lived with vulvodynia for many years. I was apprehensive about going off my pain medication (Gabapentin ) when my husband and I decided we wanted to get pregnant. I began treatment with Rivka Friedman, PT, MS, DPT. I was amazed at how well my body responded to pelvic floor therapy. I was able to feel as good and even occasionally better than I had while using medication. The treatment helped me manage my pain so I could focus on other areas of my life. I also appreciated the compassion and listening ear Rivka offered throughout my sessions.”

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