"I had been dealing with some persistent urological issues because of prostate cancer a year ago. I finally mentioned it to my Urologist and he recommended the therapists here. I was a little hesitant, but then was blown away by the results after just two weeks of regular sessions and homework! I think this type of therapy should absolutely be offered to every person post-surgery." - post-prostatectomy patient
We offer multiple health solutions and treatments for men.
The following outlines some of the diagnoses we can treat at our practice:
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome ("CPPS"): is most likely to affect males 35-45 years old. Studies have shown that patients with CPPS have increased pelvic muscle tenderness and pelvic floor dysfunction. Biofeedback combined with education and pelvic floor muscle exercise has been shown to decrease pain and increase quality of life.
Pudendal Neuralgia: is a cause of chronic pelvic pain. It typically presents in the penis, scrotum, perineum, or anorectal area for men, and can be aggravated by prolonged sitting. Conservative treatment including electrical stimulation has been shown to decrease pain and increase quality of life for these patients.
Urinary Incontinence after Prostate Surgery: The prevalence of urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy is as high as 60%. While some of these cases resolve with time, many men experience incontinence for years afterwards. Treatments recommended are usually conservative and include pelvic floor muscle training and education and electrical stimulation.
Fecal Incontinence and Constipation: Patients with chronically dysfunctional lower gatrointestinal tracts tend to show uncoordinated relaxation of one or both of these muscles, or no relaxation at all. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for this pelvic floor diagnosis.
Pre-operative/Post-operative Education and Bladder Training: If a patient has a weak external urethral sphincter before radical prostatectomy, he will need to strengthen it to optimize the resolution of incontinence post-operatively. Possible reasons for weak sphincter include: disuse, back injury with neuropathy, neurologic disease, poor body awareness, valsalva habit with function, and generalized trunk weakness.
Prostatitis: inflammation of the prostate
1. Bacterial prostatitis
2. Non-bacterial prostatitis
Isolated orchalgia: chronic pain of the testicles or scrotum that typically lasts for more than three months. Orchalgia may be caused by injury, surgery, cancer, or testicular torsion.
Proctalgia fugax: severe, episodic, anal pain caused by spasm of the smooth muscle of the anal sphincter; most often occurs in the middle of the night.
Interstitial cystitis: urinary bladder disease of unknown cause, characterised by urinary frequency, urgency, pressure and/or pain in the bladder and/or pelvis.
Levator ani syndrome: caused by chronic tension of the levator muscle; characterized by a vague, indefinite rectal discomfort or pain. The pain may be felt high in the rectum or in the low pelvis or perineum.
Pudendal nerve entrapment syndrome: entrapment of the pudendal nerve that causes pain in the area between the legs, including the genitals and the inside of the thigh. This is often aggravated by sitting.
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can also treat symptoms such as:
- Abdominal and pelvic pain
- Post-ejaculatory pain
- Sensitivity at the tip of the penis
- Itching at the shaft of the penis
- Difficulty starting urine flow
- Difficulty emptying bladder or stool completely
- Testicle ascension
- Testicular pain
- Perineal pain
- Pain or itching in the rectum or anus
- Pain before, during or after bowel movements
- Pain before, during or after urination
- Sitting pain