I figured you might like to know what the International Pelvic Pain Society is all about given that I'm so pumped to be attending their Annual Fall Meeting!
They are a professional organization for health care providers founded in 1996 with the following mission:
- To educate health care professionals how to diagnosis and manage chronic pelvic pain, thereby changing the lives of patients worldwide.
- To bring hope to men and women who suffer from chronic pelvic pain by significantly raising public awareness and impacting individual lives. (Yes! Me too!)
Looking at their list of various committee members, I recognize a number of names: Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, (the co-founder of Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation with multiple offices in the San Francisco Bay Area), Amy Stein, DPT (author of Healing Pelvic Pain), Heather Jeffcoat, DPT (author of Sex Without Pain), Dustienne Miller, MSPT (a PT and yoga teacher specializing in pelvic floor pain), Alexandra Milspaw, M.Ed (co-founder of the Alliance for Pelvic Pain and co-facilitator of the Pelvic Messenger blogtalk radio show) and Tracy Sher, MPT, a PT in private practice in Orlando who I recognize from her many posts on Twitter.
This is one of those groups that I wish I had found years ago. Their short range goal is to:
- Recruit, organize, and educate health care professionals actively involved with the treatment of patients who have chronic pelvic pain.
And their awesome long range goals are
- To serve as an educational resource for health care professionals.
- To optimize diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from chronic pelvic pain.
- To collate research in chronic pelvic pain.
- To inform men and women, to serve as a resource of education for treatment options and professional health care Members.
I love how clear and concise their goals and mission are. As their influence and membership grows, I think that they will be responsible for a dramatic shift in how pelvic pain is perceived and treated.
If you are looking for help, they have a Patients Page on their website with a provider directory, a shop selling IPPS members' books and DVDs, and an Ask the Board feature.
I will learn a whole ton more about the IPPS this weekend. If you want to peruse the 2014 Annual Fall Meeting's schedule of events you can do so here. If you have questions you want me to ask at the Meeting, contact me here. And lastly, a big
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to the IPPS members and administration for all of your hard work!