The Overactive Pelvic Floor

Workshop 21

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Linda McLean


Anna Padoa


Melanie Morin


Carolyn Vandyken

Aims & Objectives

90 minutes
Pelvic Pain Syndromes
overactive pelvic floor chronic pelvic pain sexual dysfunction
Urologists, urogynaecologists, gastroenterologists, physiotherapists, Ob&Gyn, gastroenterologists, colo-proctologists, continence nurses, midwives, sex therapists and sexologists

Overactivity of the pelvic floor is often unrecognised and not well understood. Written resources on the subject are very limited and much of the management of the Overactive Pelvic Floor (OPF) is based on clinical experience.
This workshop is intended to serve as a valuable resource for clinicians with an interest in the pelvic floor. In addition, the workshop will provide clinical tools for medical and mental health practitioners alike for recognition, assessment, treatment and interdisciplinary referral of patients with OPF and OPF-related conditions. This workshop will serve as an occasion for caregivers to refine OPF patient management as well as stimulate investigative efforts.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. To understand the definition, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of an overactive pelvic floor (OPF) and its relation to chronic pain conditions and psychosocial issues. 2. To carry out the evaluation of patients with OPF using a multidisciplinary approach and to become acquainted with common diagnostic techniques and tools. 3. To plan an individually tailored treatment strategy for patients suffering from OPF and OPF-related conditions.