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Male Pelvic Pain Management

What is pain?

Pain is an unpleasant and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Acute pain (1-2 weeks) can be from a recent injury and the subsequent inflammatory response. On the other hand, chronic pain (over 3 months) can be much more complicated. In chronic pain, the nervous system begins to have a memory of the pain feeling and eventually the pain becomes the disease process even if the initial injured tissue has already healed. Usually environmental and psychological factors feed into the chronic pain cycle making this condition challenging for both the sufferer and the healthcare community to manage.

Can physical therapy help me if I suffer from male pelvic pain?

Male pelvic pain conditions can be managed by an experienced physical therapist if the cause is found to be from the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Some of these causes may include: spasms and tightness within the muscles and connective tissue of the pelvic area (pelvic floor muscles) and/or irritation of one or more of the pelvic area nerves (pudendal nerve).

Physical therapy can help to alleviate male pelvic pain conditions through identification of the nerve branch irritation and/or specific tight muscles. Interventions usually consist of manual therapy for joint, muscle, connective tissue and myofascial mobilization, therapeutic exercise instruction, relaxation techniques, biofeedback for downtraining, behavioral training for pelvic area body awareness, and self-management strategies.

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional healthcare.

Male Pelvic Pain Management


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