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  • Writer's pictureSusan Winograd PT

Men's Health Spotlight

Studies show that 50% of men will experience prostate-like symptoms at some point in their lives and accounts for about 8% of all visits to a urologist..

I see so many men in my clinical with very similar stories. They are often frustrated, anxious, and frequently on the verge of losing hope.

These clients develop an onset of pelvic pain, this can be triggered by an injury, a trauma, anxiety and/or depression, history of abuse and many other factors that may contribute.

This can present as pain in pelvis, perineum, scrotum, penis, lower abdomen or back, a heaviness in the groin, pain radiating down the legs, arousal pain, pain with ejaculation or post ejaculatory pain. This may also present as bowel or bladder dysfunction.

They typically go to the doctor and are diagnosed with Chronic Prostatitis.

This is usually followed by multiple courses of antibiotics which are unsuccessful and subsequently effect their gut....

Now they have pelvic pain and gut dysfunction!

These clients usually ping pong between many doctors for some time trying to resolve their issues unsuccessfully. Many times they are ultimately informed that nothing is wrong.... all tests results are normal. However, Their pain is very real!!!

As you can imagine this triggers a stress response that adds another layer to their existing problem.

The truth is that 90% of men that are originally diagnosed with Chronic Prostatitis (CP) fall into the category of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS).

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a very important part in their healing journey. In a recent study it was found that 77% of men with CPPS have pelvic floor dysfunction.

CPPS is a complex chronic pain condition that requires a bio-pyscho-social , multi modal / multidisciplinary approach to treating the "whole"person effectively. Pelvic floor therapy is a foundation component of treatment.

There is help, There is healing, there is recovery!!!

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