I became hysterical and when my husband got home I fell down on the floor and just begged him to kill me because I couldn’t do my job, I couldn’t be a wife, I couldn’t take care of my child, and there was no reason for me to go on. – Jane (interviewee)
Welcome to the Institute for Women in Pain
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The Institute for Women in Pain is an educational concept and model of care developed by Dr. Echenberg in order to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to assess, support, and treat all aspects of pelvic and genital pain in women (and also now in men). Dr. Echenberg's established pelvic and sexual pain program continues as the core of this concept which is dedicated to caring for, treating and honoring the specific needs of individuals with these all too common pain disorders.
Our goal is to promote the integration of many established practitioners into a vibrant network of physicians, manual therapists, mental health providers, spiritual counselors and others to provide a more seamless approach to caring for patients with chronic pelvic and genital pain disorders. Most of these practitioners, including Dr. Echenberg, also see male patients, and we would encourage men in chronic pain to seek this type of care within our network as well.
In his own pelvic pain program Dr. Echenberg has seen much success with this type of multidisciplinary approach, and it is our hope that with this Institute will come an expansion of this concept and the ability to accomplish clinical research and community education in the management of all aspects of chronic persistent pain.