Updated: Dec 31, 2021
Men have pelvic pain too! We ALL need some PelvicBella care. Male Pelvic Pain Syndrome, also known as chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, refer to pain or discomfort in the pelvis or genitals lasting for at least 3 months that cannot be explained by a readily identifiable cause. Several conditions may be classified as Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS), including:
Pelvic floor dysfunction: the inability to control the muscles that help you have a complete bowel movement
Coccydynia: inflammation of the tailbone; pain often worsens when sitting
Perineal pain: in men, this is the area between the anus and the genitals
and the list goes on.
CPPS is common, affecting up to 10% of all men at any given time. Even so, this syndrome is rarely discussed.
The main symptom of CPPS is pelvic or genital pain. The characteristics of this pain can vary from person to person. For some men, the pain may be dull and achy. For others, it may be sharp and intense. Some men suffer from pain constantly, and other men experience it intermittently.
Many men with CPPS have accompanying symptoms as well.Examples include:
pain during urination
difficulty with urination
pain when ejaculating
fever or chills
Symptom flares ups also occur. I hear it all the time… “ I was fine for months out of nowhere… boom….pain… fix it .”
When your medical team has ruled out the prostate gland as the source of your pain, research has shown that the pelvic floor muscles are most often the cause of pain.Drugs and surgery have largely failed to alleviate symptoms or address the cause or pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.
Pelvic health physical therapy is the most effective treatment. Through a comprehensive history assessment and evaluation individualized treatment plan is developed to improve this issue. Plan of cares may include: pelvic floor muscle downtraining to promote muscle relation to decrease spasms/ pain, dry needling, interventions to improve core and postural control and etc.
To learn more about what to do to treat this issue, schedule a consultation today. Let's make an individualized plan together!