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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Theresa M Spitznagle, PT, MHS, DPT, WCS (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This update of a 1994 book comprehensively covers the anatomy, clinical examination, classification, and treatment approaches to pelvic floor function and dysfunction. Key points at the start of each chapter highlight learning objectives.
Purpose: The authors provide an overview of the current state of clinical practice in urogynecology, emphasizing key concepts of anatomy, exercise physiology, clinical measurement, and treatment options for individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Audience: This resource will benefit those in many disciplines who provide care for individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction. It would make an excellent educational tool for residency and fellowship training programs that specialize in pelvic floor dysfunction, including physical therapy, physiatry, urology, nurse practitioner, and colorectal surgery.
Features: The book provides the critical information needed to understand the interaction between pelvic floor muscle performance, fascial support, and function of the pelvic organs. Topics span from voiding dysfunction to a brief discussion of sexual dysfunction. Aspects of pelvic floor examination, evaluation, and treatment are included. Well done are the very thorough reviews of pelvic anatomy, the state-of-the-art in understanding the continence mechanism, and muscle physiology and its relationship to appropriate prescription of pelvic floor muscle training. However, there is limited information about pain syndromes of the pelvic floor.
Assessment: I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to develop a discipline-specific clinical specialty in pelvic floor dysfunction. Many of the authors are iconic professionals in urogynecology, and no other book on pelvic floor dysfunction boasts this level of intellectual representation. This is an excellent resource for the many disciplines in this field.