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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

IC is Not a Bladder Condition

We're going to completely change the way you think of interstitial cystitis.

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IC is a pelvic pain condition with bladder symptoms, NOT a bladder condition. This mindset shift completely changes how we approach our patients.

How do we know IC is not a bladder condition?

  • The definition of IC is pain or pressure perceived to be related to the bladder, along with urinary urgency/frequency, in the absence of any other explanation. It's a diagnosis of exclusion.

  • More than 90% of people diagnosed with IC have no discernable issues with their bladder lining.

  • Many of the common symptoms of IC - low back pain, painful intercourse, hip pain, suprapubic pain, etc. - have nothing to do with the bladder.

  • Pelvic floor physical therapy is the most proven treatment for IC (given an evidence grade of 'A'), while most bladder-focused treatments are relatively ineffective.

In this 'sode we go through the evidence and get practical with how you can talk about this with your patients. We can't continue to perpetuate the myth IC is a bladder condition. It leads to invasive procedures, ineffective bladder-focused treatments and years of unnecessary suffering for our patients.

We hope this makes you more confident with these complex patients in both treating their pelvic floor issues but also managing their case so they can get help!

As Nicole said on the full 'sode of the topic...

"IC is a pelvic pain condition with bladder symptoms, NOT a bladder condition. This mindset shift completely changes how we approach our patients." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS

Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.

Dedicated to forever changing pelvic health with online clinical courses to help you be more confident in your practice and business resources to help start and grow pelvic health businesses.

Jesse Cozean, MBA

Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.

Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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