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Is It Really Pudendal Neuralgia? Part 1

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Is It Really Pudendal Neuralgia? Part 1

Is It Really Pudendal Neuralgia? Part 1

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This course was recorded in February 2024


Diagnostic certainty feels important to clinicians to build confidence in themselves and with their patients.  However, we have strong evidence that being comfortable with uncertainty is an important component to address the whole person in persistent pain states, particularly low back pain (Costa et al, 2022).

Pudendal Neuralgia is one of the most "scary" diagnoses that pelvic pain patients can receive.  Dr. Google does not hold out much hope that pain associated with pudendal neuralgia can be resolved.

However, like most other pelvic pain conditions, diagnoses describe the symptoms but not necessarily the underlying pain mechanisms. This is true for pudendal neuralgia, vulvodynia, bladder pain syndrome, dyspareunia, dysmennorhea and more.

If we take a whole person approach to persistent pain, considering the phenotypes of pain system hypersensitivity, including mood, stress, sleep, catastrophization, fear and sensory motor dysregulation give us many targets to change the pain experience without getting caught in "fixing" the tissues.

Embrace the evidence for a whole-person approach in pelvic pain and low back pain! Join Carolyn Vandyken for this online demand course 'Is it really Pudendal Neuralgia'.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this online course, participants will:

  1. Feel more comfortable with diagnostic uncertainty
  2. Respect the language that they use more fully and its impact on patients physical and mental wellbeing
  3. Learn how to address the various phenotypes of persistent pelvic pain including anxiety, depression, catastrophization and sensory-motor dysregulation.


This online course is intended for pelvic health practitioners; however, all clinic owners and practitioners are welcome to join. 

The instructors
Carolyn Vandyken

Carolyn is the co-owner of Reframe Rehab, a teaching company engaged in breaking down the barriers internationally between pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science. Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 37 years. She is a McKenzie Credentialled physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2004) and the distinguished Education Award from the OPA (2015). Carolyn was recently awarded the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2021 for her work in pelvic health and pain science.

Carolyn has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twenty years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Reframe Rehab
Online Teaching Company

We are a passionate group of highly trained clinicians who champion virtual, live online education courses to develop a biopsychosocial framework for your clinical practice. Our mission is to break down the silos in clinical practice between musculoskeletal pain, pelvic pain, pain neuroscience education, and psychology by providing timely, cost-effective, live online learning opportunities from the world's leading clinical educators on these topics.

Interested in learning more about Reframe Rehab or taking a course with us? Check us out on Instagram @reframerehab or visit our website to view all our course offerings.

Course Material included in this course
  • Is It Really Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • Full presentation
  • What's next?
  • Feedback

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