Diagnosis and Management in Patients with Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) involves a list of deviations with persistent pain in the pelvic area as the main factor. Multiple pain syndromes exist for this, and, after assessment, the reason for the chronic symptoms often remains unclear.
The exclusion of the origins or reasons for the pain that can be treated curatively is of the greatest importance. When no reasons for the pain can be found, or when the pain cannot be healed, symptomatic treatment will be necessary. The most successful treatment of CPP is a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together doctors, nurses, physical therapists, osteopaths, and psychologists. Chronic pain has an important impact on the quality of life and strong negative consequences on the psychologic and emotional state of the patient. In addition, the success of the (usually long-term) treatment is not easy to predict.
Beginning with a general discussion, this book considers pain abnormalities in the most important parts of the small pelvis. It also discusses various treatments of these issues, and delves into the psychological approach to such pain.
Dr Jörgen Quaghebeur is currently working at the University Hospital Antwerp, where he is involved in research about diagnostic techniques and the treatment of patients with chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). He is also Guest Lecturer at the Department of Urology and Urological Rehabilitation at the University of Antwerp. He is the author of 16 journal articles and three book chapters, and is a member of the European Federation of Osteopaths, the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the International Society for the Study of BPS.
Jean-Jacques Wyndaele holds PhDs in Biomedical Science and Urology Higher Education. Prior to his retirement in 2014, he worked as Professor and Chairman of Urology at the University of Antwerp and the University Hospital Antwerp. His research focuses on bladder pain and functional urology. He is a Fellow of the International Spinal Cord Society, and the Chair of the International Organisation for the Study of Bladder Pain Syndrome. He is the author of 373 journal articles, 94 editorials, and 33 book chapters, and is the editor of four books. He is also a Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown, Belgium.
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