In October of 2015, EMH Physical Therapy and The Echenberg Institute for Pelvic and Sexual Pain will begin a collaborative initiative in New York City for comprehensive assessment and treatment of men and women with chronic pelvic pain.
We are pleased to announce that in October 2015, Robert J. Echenberg, MD, FACOG, world renowned for his expertise in the treatment of chronic pelvic, genital and sexual pain, will be working with Evelyn Hecht PT ATC of EMH Physical Therapy, the premier pelvic specialty practice located on the Upper East Side of New York City.
Together, we will offer our expert services in one place where men and women suffering with chronic pelvic pain/pelvic floor dysfunction can be diagnosed, educated, receive a broad range of treatments and find support.
Dr. Echenberg’s thorough initial evaluation is three hours, and includes a review of your lifetime history, inclusive of all physical, emotional, surgical, accidental and athletic traumas. Using a combination of an integrative bio-psychosocial model of care, along with his exceptional knowledge of cutting edge neuroscience and how pain is processed, Dr. Echenberg has successfully built a program model that is simple but unique – www.TheEchenbergInstitute.com. He brings to New York City his program that has already positively affected the quality of life of more than 1300 women and men with complex abdominal pelvic and sexual pain disorders since 2001.
His multi-disciplinary and multi-organ system approach to pain in the pelvic region evolved in order to reduce the high number of invasive and interventional diagnostic procedures, surgeries and failed medical therapies that he observed in so many young women over his many years as a gynecologist/obstetrician. He has been on the Board of the International Pelvic Pain Society, helped establish the first non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of all aspects of pelvic pain called Bridge for Pelvic Pain, is on the medical advisory committee of the Interstitial Cystitis Association and has co-authored a book: “Secret Suffering: How Women’s Pelvic & Sexual Pain Affects their Relationships”.
The first visit with Dr. Echenberg commonly includes evidenced based pain retraining education (example resource: www.retrainpain.org ), and as needed: nerve blocks, bladder instillations, trigger point injections, and establishing a short and long term non-surgical treatment plan. He also will provide follow up treatment sessions here at EMH Physical Therapy.
The EMH pelvic physical therapists provide pelvic anatomy and movement education, manual therapies (such as trigger point release, muscle energy, myofascial release, connective tissue massage), cold laser therapy, biofeedback training, and instruction in a tailored stretching and core stabilization home exercise program.
Dr. Echenberg and EMH Physical Therapy offer their collaborative treatments for patients living in the Tristate area, as well as for patients who travel from elsewhere in the US and abroad. We recommend a 2 week intensive program for our long distance and international travelers.
Dr. Echenberg began his medical career as an obstetrician and gynecologist, delivering many babies during his early years in the profession. Dr. Echenberg noted a need to provide medical care for women suffering with IC, vulvodynia and other chronic pelvic pain conditions. After much success, he changed the name of his practice to The Echenberg Institute for Pelvic & Sexual Pain and he started seeing a growing number of male clients for chronic pelvic, genital, and sexual pain disorders. Many of Dr.
Echenberg’s patients have seen multiple medical professionals, undergone many tests, and have been sent to various specialists in search of answers to their pain. The Echenberg Institute for Pelvic & Sexual Pain focuses on ensuring that all treatments are integrated into a multi-disciplinary course of treatment that treats the patient as a whole person. EMH Physical Therapy will be able to provide Dr. Echenberg’s patients with the pelvic/core physical therapy component of their treatment right from the same office.
One of Dr. Echenberg’s strengths is his emphasis on education on how the pain system works in our bodies. This understanding is crucial to being able to manage chronic pain, and can greatly aid the rate at which one can recover. To that end, he teamed up with a group of medical professionals interested in helping women overcome chronic pelvic and sexual pain to create a video series called “Healing the Pain ‘Down There“. This DVD can be ordered from that website or can be downloaded digitally as well. It should be a groundbreaking source of information for the millions of young women and men with these common but sometimes devastating disorders.
Much like Dr. Echenberg, Evelyn Hecht, PT, ATC has always believed in empowering her patients with education, knowledge, and empathy. As the owner of EMH Physical Therapy, she has overseen every patient’s progress with the physical therapists of EMH Physical Therapy since she founded the practice in 1994. She has been a practicing physical therapist for the past 25 years, and has not only become a respected pelvic physical therapy specialist, but has also designed the first APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) accredited course specifically for pelvic physical therapy. For seven years, she taught this course at both New York University and Stony Brook University in their DPT, or Doctor of Physical Therapy, programs. Evelyn and her team of pelvic physical therapists are committed to ensuring that each patient receives individual attention and an individual plan of care from an experienced Doctor of Physical Therapy.
In addition to creating and teaching pelvic physical therapy DPT classes, Evelyn has developed an app called PelvicTrack to help patients with chronic pelvic pain track their symptoms, find pelvic exercises, and see their progress.
We look forward to having Dr. Echenberg , who has over 40 years of experience, join us at EMH. He is offering a reduced introductory rate from October through December 2015. To make an appointment to see Dr. Echenberg please call 610-868-0104. To make an appointment to see a pelvic PT at EMH, please call (212) 288-2242.