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Is It Really Pudendal Neuralgia

Is It Really Pudendal Neuralgia

Is It Really Pudendal Neuralgia

Feb 27, 2024 - 20:00 (EST)
1 hour


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 free webinar is intended for pelvic health practitioners; however, all clinic owners and practitioners are welcome to join. 

This webinar is the eighth session in our free series Let's Talk Pelvic Health'. You can register for this webinar only or the entire series by going here.


Registration and Replays

There's a maximum of 500 seats available in the webinar room. If you cannot attend live, please do not register. This will allow people who can attend live to ask questions and interact with the instructor.

If you can't join live, don't worry! We will stream the live webinar to our YouTube channel and leave it up for 48 hours after the live webinar. You can subscribe to Embodia's YouTube channel here.

You can also choose to receive the follow-up email after the webinar. This email contains information about where to find the recording, a reminder about the free live stream on YouTube, and any additional resources shared during the webinar. Simply scroll down and click on the button that reads '+ Add me to the notification list'. (Please note: if you register for the webinar you will automatically be added to the notification list.)

This webinar will be recorded and available as an on-demand course on Embodia Academy, free for all Embodia Members. You can learn more about our membership offerings here.

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.

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