Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) staff report from the floor of medical and scientific meetings. We post summaries here of the meeting experiences. The team also tweets from ICHelp highlights of meeting sessions focused on interstitial cystitis (IC), painful bladder syndrome, and chronic pelvic pain. We post abstracts in the Literature Reviews and upload clips on the ICHelp YouTube channel.
ICA @ IPPS 2012
On October 18, 19, and 20, the Interstitial Cystitis Association attended the International Pelvic Pain Society’s 20th Annual Scientific Meeting. The meeting provided healthcare providers a detailed overview on the evaluation and management of chronic pelvic pain disorders.
June 1-3, 2012
The ICA recently attended a summer course held by the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) in Philadelphia, PA. Women with IC may have associated conditions such as chronic vulvar pain (vulvodynia). This course taught healthcare providers how to evaluate and treat such conditions. The 95 providers who attended the course included urologists, gynecologists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, and psychologists. Many of the providers in attendance see IC patients regularly. Several of them agreed to be added to the ICA Healthcare Provider Registry. They also told the ICA that they use the resources on www.ichelp.org to educate their patients and themselves on the latest information on IC.
Among the specialists who taught sessions at the course was Amy Stein, MPT, author of Healing Pelvic Pain. She taught the attendees how to perform pelvic floor exams. She also taught them what physical therapy can do for pelvic floor dysfunction. Look for her exclusive video interview with the ICA coming soon!
Also speaking at the ISSWSH was Susan Kellogg-Spadt, PhD, co-founder of The Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute of Philadelphia. She taught the attendees medical and non-medical therapies for painful sex. She also taught them how to properly perform physical exams on women who have sexual pain.
Revised Tuesday, March 10th, 2015