Contrary to popular belief, men also suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD). While women are more commonly diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction, which is an impairment of the pelvic floor muscles and fascia, but the truth is that men also suffer from this disorder. Our physical therapists effectively treat these common dysfunctions in males.
The following diagnoses or conditions classified under pelvic pain can all be treated effectively by a pelvic floor physical therapist: pelvic floor tension myalgia, pelvic floor muscle spasm, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, pudendal neuralgia, pain with ejaculation or erection, and testicular, scrotal, penile or groin pain.
Coccyx or tailbone pain, pubic symphysis pain, lumbosacral strain, abdominal wall hernia, piriformis syndrome, and low back, hip, groin or pelvic pain that has not responded to conventional physical therapy.
Male bowel or bladder dysfunctions can include interstitial cystitis (IC), urinary urgency and/or frequency, urinary retention or incomplete emptying, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, chronic constipation or outlet dysfunction, post-surgical pain or dysfunction, post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence, and adhesion/scar tissue after urologic, intestinal or cancer-related surgeries.
Coccydynia is a medical term for pain in the coccyx (tailbone) area. Most resources conclude that the most common cause of coccyx pain is idiopathic, a medical term which means a condition that occurs for unknown reasons. The second most cited cause is trauma. For example, a hard fall on buttocks or activities which place repetitive stress on the tailbone such as biking or horseback riding. Other causes, though rare, can include cysts, abscesses or tumors, so getting your tailbone checked by a medical professional is a must.
Physical therapy treatment of the coccyx is essential in the recovery process and for minimizing the possibility of recurrent episodes of coccyx and low back pain. Coccyx treatment requires a physical therapist with advanced training in manual treatment to restore proper alignment and mobility of the tailbone. In addition, physical therapy treatment includes exercises to work on muscles in the region as well as in-depth posture and body mechanics training. This combination results in a high success rate with treatment of coccydynia.