Some time ago there was a post entitled " Why Choose a Women's Health Physical Therapist? "
There were many reasons listed for this and I agreed with most or all of them.
However men with pelvic floor dysfunction (or in my case, pelvic/voiding pain), have difficulty finding a physical therapist (PT) that's even willing to try, much less have some success.
Many men suffer from Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPPS). It can come in various forms, and often times no cause can be found. It has been estimated that as many as 10 percent of men have experienced, or will experience, some form of CP/CPPS.
CP/CPPS is usually defined as chronic pain in the male pelvic region that has lasted at least three months. The pain is usually accompanied by difficulties with voiding and sexual activity, usually painful ejaculation ("e-pain"). There are three recognized classifications:
Type I: Acute bacterial prostatitis
Type II: Chronic bacterial prostatitis
Type III: Ch...
Thank goodness we all have a built in floor, the pelvic floor. Otherwise, our bladders and rectums would be dragging around on the ground in a gruesome fashion. Like our built in abdominal walls , some floors are built stronger than others. A weak floor tends to sag. A strong floor holds up a full bladder or a 9 pound baby. How strong is your floor?
The strength of the pelvic floor is related to two primary muscles that compose a structure called the Levator Ani . The thickest muscle lies in the middle of the floor and the urethra, vagina, and rectum pass through it. This important floor muscle is called the pubococcygeus muscle . The smaller muscle which lies in the outer reaches of the pelvic floor is called the iliococeygeus muscle. Without these muscles, neither the bladder nor the rectum would remain inside the abdominal cavity for very long. And weakness of these muscles is associated with many common medical conditions.
An unfortunately common condition caused ...
Highlights Overview: Back pain can be acute, subacute, or chronic, and more commonly occurs in the lower area of the back.
Acute back pain develops suddenly and lasts up to several weeks. Acute pain is the most common type of back pain. Subacute back pain is pain that lasts up to three months. Chronic back pain can begin abruptly or gradually, linger, subside and then come back, but it lasts longer than 3 months. With proper self-care, most acute cases resolve within 4 - 6 weeks. Two-thirds of those patients, however, will experience another episode of back pain within 12 months. Diagnosis: A medical history and a brief physical examination is always necessary for both acute and chronic back pain. The main goal of a physical exam is to try and determine the source of the pain and to detect warning symptoms. Imaging techniques such as x-rays or scans are rarely recommended in the first month unless the health care provider suspects a serious problem such as a tumor, fracture, infection, caud...
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