Allyson Shrikhande, MD, founder of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, has submitted an abstract for the International Continence Society’s Annual Meeting. The International Continence Society (ICS) has over 3,000 members and is a thriving society of Urologists, Uro-gynaecologists, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Basic Scientists and Researchers with a focus on continence and pelvic floor disorders. We are growing every day and welcome you to join our Society.

Here’s the link to the presentation abstract: https://www.ics.org/2018/abstract/306

International Continence Society Abstract:

A Novel, Non-Opioid Based Treatment Approach for Men with Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (UCPPS) Using Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Hydrodissection and Pelvic Floor Musculature Trigger Point Injections

Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (UCPPS) represents a group of pain symptoms relating to patients with pelvic pain that are poorly understood and for which treatment is largely unsatisfactory. Newer nomenclature has combined Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) and Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS) into a single classification of UCPPS. The objective of this study is to analyze the effects of a novel treatment strategy in males suffering from UCPPS.

This retrospective, institutional review board approved study analyzed eight male patients aged 24-61 with UCPPS.  All patients had a trial of antibiotic therapy, and had pelvic floor physical therapy pre and post taking part in the study. Patient’s scores on the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and Functional Pelvic Pain Scale (FPPS) were collected pre-treatment (Figure 1).  While continuing physical therapy, patients underwent ultrasound-guided pelvic floor trigger point injections to the iliococcygeus, pubococcygeus, and puborectalis. The first two injections combined 1% lidocaine with dexamethasone, while the next 4 injections consisted of 1%lidocaine, and a plant-derived anti-inflammatory medication. Concomitantly, patients received peripheral nerve hydrodissection performed on the pudendal nerve and the posterior femoral cutaneous nerve. These treatments allow the nerves to reset, decreasing hypersensitivity.  These treatments lasted for 6 weeks.  After completion of treatment, each patient retook the VAS and FPPS. 

The mean age of our patients was 31.8 years and the average duration of symptoms of the UCPPS was 21 months. Pre−treatment, the mean VAS was 3.3 (STD 1.7) and the mean VAS post-treatment was 1.8 (STD 1.4); P<0.05, 95% CI 0.73-2.27.  The mean FPPS pre-treatment was 11.0 (STD 8.0) and the mean FPPS post-treatment was 6.3 (STD 5.3); P<0.05, 95% CI 0.03-9.22.

Our results show promise for a novel, non-opioid based treatment for UCPPS by using ultrasound-guided pelvic floor trigger point injections combined with peripheral nerve hydrodissection with lidocaine and dexamethasone along with a pelvic floor physical therapy program.