Urinary incontinence occurs in up to 39% of men and increases with age. Prostate removal increases this risk to nearly 60%.
Men’s Health is a specific area of physiotherapy focusing on the treatment and management of pelvic floor dysfunction. Suzanne’s postgraduate training has allowed her to become a specialist in this unique area and at Anatomy Physiotherapy an individualised assessment and treatment approach is adopted for these male conditions.
Men’s health issues can appear at any age – from the young sporting type to the older man. Urinary incontinence occurs in up to 39% of men and increases with age. Prostate removal increases this risk to nearly 60%. However, physiotherapy management prior to surgery has been shown to reduce or eliminate urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction post prostatectomy surgery.
Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis can also impact on the functioning of the bladder leading to symptoms such as urinary urgency and difficulty emptying. Constipation or incontinence from the bowels are common symptoms that men can experience and male pelvic pain or Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) is a condition that affects up to 16% of the male population.
Some of the key conditions Suzanne treats are:
Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause a number of symptoms:
Pelvic floor muscles can weaken, just like any other muscle in the body.
The main treatment for the conditions outlined above is to either strengthen or relax the pelvic floor muscles and incorporate this into a general exercise/wellness program. Like any other muscle in the body the pelvic floor muscles can get weak or tight and treatment must respond to this at a level that is appropriate for each individual patient. Exercise programs that address the different muscles in the pelvic floor have shown great success.
In addition to pelvic floor strength or release training, the following treatments may be employed: