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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: FOR MEN TOO!

 

Men have the same pelvic floor muscles (PFM) that women do, a hammock-like muscular/fascial structure extending from the pubic bone to tailbone and each sits bones. PFM contribute to bowel, bladder and sexual function.   Just like women, men often neglect their pelvic floor muscles until symptoms are present.

Pelvic pain and urinary incontinence are common conditions treatable by our pelvic floor therapist.

Approximately 8-10% of men suffer from pelvic pain which disrupt daily activities, including sitting, exercise, and intercourse. Pelvic pain can include tailbone pain, groin pain, testicular/scrotal/perineal pain, or sacroiliac joint pain.  Associated symptoms often include urinary frequency, urgency or hesitancy, premature ejaculation, post-ejaculation pain, and erectile dysfunction.

Approximately 80% men will experience urinary incontinence and/or erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery.  Post-prostatectomy rehabilitation with our pelvic floor physical therapist will improve PFM coordination, endurance and strength.  PFM training can reduce the incidence and duration of these symptoms, getting you back to work and daily activities without restrictions.

Pelvic floor muscle training is not a “cookie-cutter” program. Each condition requires a different pathway to recovery. A skilled evaluation by our pelvic floor therapist is recommended to determine the appropriate training required for your symptoms. We work closely with your healthcare team to achieve optimal recovery.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please discuss them with your healthcare team. You are not alone and help is available.  Further questions regarding pelvic floor physical therapy for men, please contact Melissa Gutierrez, PT, DPT, CLT at Allied Physical Therapy, 574-968-2851.

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