Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The Missing Link in Persistent LBP?
Filmed at the San Diego Pain Summit in 2017, let Carolyn Vandyken and Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) take you on a learning journey that links low back pain to pelvic floor dysfunction. This one-hour introductory lecture addresses persistent pain the low back and pelvic floor by using a biopsychosocial lens to tackle fear, stress, anxiety, and catastrophization.
The pelvic floor is hard-wired into our nervous system as these muscles protect our most vulnerable functions - bowel, bladder, sexuality, and mobility. Pelvic floor problems can also contribute to an underlying biological driver of low back pain that needs to be considered.
Carolyn takes an evidence-based look at persistent low back pain, and how comorbidity in the pelvic floor needs to be addressed.
BHSc. PT, Cred MDT, CCMA
Carolyn is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy. She has spoken at over 50 conferences and grand round presentations throughout Canada and the United States. Carolyn co-authored the first book on patient-centred pain biology education for pelvic pain, Why Pelvic Pain Hurts, and also co-authored three peer-reviewed framework articles with Sandra Hilton on the assessment and treatment of persistent pelvic pain.
She co-owns a Canadian-based teaching company, Pelvic Health Solutions, and teaches internationally on the physiotherapy for pelvic floor problems. She also manages her own practice in Huntsville, Ontario.