If there was one common dream among IC patients, it’s working with a knowledgeable and compassionate doctor who could treat all of their pelvic ills: the bladder, the pelvic floor, the bowel and, of course, the reproductive tract. Thankfully, a small but growing number of urologists and urogynecologists are moving in that direction, adding physical therapists, psychologists and other specialists into their clinical practice. Odds are, though, you’ll still be working with a couple of different specialists to help you find relief.
Here are some resources that might help you find a provider(s) in your area:
- ICN Health Professional Database.
- International Pelvic Pain Society – Professional members of the IPPS have a strong interest in treating pelvic pain disorders including IC. This listing includes not only urologists, but also ob-gyn’s, physical therapists and more.
- Alliance For Chronic Pelvic Pain – A group of like minded physicians, physical therapists, counselors and professionals dedicated to the treatment of pelvic pain. They offer yearly patient retreats.
- Herman Wallace is the leading training organization for physical therapists who treat pelvic floor disorders. They maintain a list of physical therapists who have taken their courses!
- American Physical Therapy Association
- American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) offers an on-line searchable database of urogynecologists
- Society of Urologic Nursing and Associates