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Instructional Course

007IC - Real Men Get Real Pelvic Pain

Friday, May 18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: MCC WEST, 2010

Pelvic pain in men continues to be misdiagnosed as prostatitis. Antibiotics as well as other prostato-centric approaches have been shown to be of little benefit. The condition is further exacerbated by its association with female pelvic pain issues, compounding the frequently associated feelings of emasculation. This course will introduce you to the individuals who were thinking outside the box [or prostate] over 20 years ago. The panelists are pioneers in their non-prostato-centric approach to men suffering from this condition. These experts employ the principles of myofascial trigger point mapping, paradoxical relaxation and an empowering self care treatment strategy.

Learning Objectives:

Jeannette M. Potts

Dr Potts is an enthusiastic Men's Health advocate who has published five books as author and editor in the field of urology, men's health GU pain and Argentinian Tango. She been visiting professor or guest lecturer at over 100 international medical societies in 20 countries. Dr. Potts is outspoken about providing respectful, dignified and non-emasculating care for men suffering from chronic pain. She fights against fear mongering when it comes to prostate cancer screening and diagnosis. And she unabashedly protects and promotes men's sexual health at all ages through her lectures to students at Stanford and couples who visit her practice. She was privileged to be a member of the Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute for 15 years. She and her husband, Dr. Christopher Payne, co-founded Vista Urology & Pelvic Pain Partners 3 years ago, in order to provide more comprehensive and individualized care for urological patients, especially those suffering from any form of pelvic or genitourinary pain.

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Stanley J. Antolak

Dr. Stanley Antolak is an urologist practicing at his Center for Urologic and Pelvic Pain in St. Paul, MN. He has specialized in treating chronic pelvic pain for the past 20 years. He treats both genders and all ages. His presentations and medical articles discuss evidence-based neuropathic pain diagnoses of CPP based on the results of neurologic examination and neurophysiologic testing. His experience includes treatment of all phases of pudendal neuropathy and additional neuropathic pelvic pain generators. This includes a conservative, nerve protection program; therapeutic perineural injections, and pudendal nerve decompression surgeries. Long-term monitoring of treatment responses demonstrates cures as long as 13 years following treatments. Dr. Antolak encourages all medical practitioners to add the successful diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to their daily practices.


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Rhonda K. Kotarinos

University of South Florida

Rhonda Kotarinos, DPT, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida.

Dr. Kotarinos received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1974 and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University with a specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1989. Rhonda earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2011. Dr. Kotarinos has held numerous board and committee positions in several medical professional societies as well as participated in NIH funded research.

In January of 1995 Dr. Kotarinos presented her treatment protocol as a case series at the Research Symposium on Interstitial Cystitis (IC) sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Of the 10 patients in this series, 80% had a visual analog pain scale score that changed from 9/10 to 1/10. Over the next 10 years, Dr. Kotarinos refined this protocol.

Dr. Kotarinos authored the Physical Therapy protocol used in two NIH funded multicenter randomized control trials investigating the treatment options for urologic chronic pelvic pain (UCPP) syndromes. The results of these trials have been declared the only positive trials in the treatment of UCPP syndromes in ten years.

As a result of these positive studies physical therapy has been included as an initial conservative treatment option in the 2012 American Urological Association guidelines for the management of pelvic pain syndromes (IC/PBS/CPPS).

In 2015, Dr. Kotarinos became the first Physical Therapist to be awarded Affiliate Membership in the American Urological Association.


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Dean A. Tripp

Queen's University

Dr Tripp completed his Clinical Psychology PhD at Dalhousie University (Canada). He has held positions at several universities before joining Queen’s in 2001. Dr Tripp is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Anesthesiology and Urology.

Dr Tripp has been acclaimed for his teaching and research and has been awarded the 2011 “Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education Award” from the Canadian Pain Society. Dr Tripp has been short-listed and received several “Teaching Excellence” Awards.

His current lines of research concern chronic pain and psychosocial factors associated with adjustment within patient populations. New grants and research projects are focused on pain, relationship distress, and disability in men suffering from Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) and women suffering from chronic Interstitial Cystitis (IC) as well as Inflamatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Arthritis. His work with his NIH NIDDK colleagues in Pelvic Pain has garnered international attention.

Dr Tripp has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications, & chapters, three treatment manuals, and has presented his research in both national and international forums.


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