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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...
I did not go to work today. I was in too much pain, and very lacking in sleep. I did keep my physical therapy appointment, though. I learned some things today that I wanted to share.
While I was sitting in the waiting room a young man sat down beside me. He was on crutches and soon began to tell me his story. According to this young man, he has been diagnosed with RA in his knees and hands. He said he also has OA. He has had two recent surgeries on one of his knees. I asked what rheumatologist he was seeing. To my amazement, he told me he was not seeing a rheumatologist. I then asked if he were taking anti-inflammatory medicine, prednisone, or a DMARD. He said no to all. I was, quite frankly, stunned. This young man is in the care of an orthopedic surgeon who practices in a well-known orthopedic group in a college town about an hour away. For whatever reason, this young man was not being referred to a rheumatologist...
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