Men’s Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Don’t suffer in silence – we can help
Prostate cancer is now the leading cancer seen in men, and surgery to treat prostate cancer can sometimes lead to symptoms such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunctions. A recent study highlighted that patients suffering these symptoms are unaware that a trained physio can help in these areas.
Australian research has shown massive benefits with pre-operative physio. Physio treatment before proctectomy has been shown to decrease length urinary incontinence and return sexual function. In much the same way as you would see a physio before your knee operation, strengthening your muscles before surgery provides greater benefits than just strengthening after your surgery.
Physiotherapy treatments include using Real-Time Ultrasound as a non-invasive way to assess the pelvic floor and abdominal cavity. Biofeedback obtained through Real-Time UltraSound can determine the strength or tightness of pelvic and abdominal muscles. Paced return to continence will be planned in symptoms or urinary incontinence.
These symptoms such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction are seen for several reasons. Anatomically, the prostate sits just below the bladder. When it is removed, the bladder neck sphincter can be damaged. Furthermore, without the prostate the base of the bladder can drop, allowing more urine to flow out.
Nerves can also become damaged during surgery, this leads to less contraction of the pelvic floor or reduced nerve conduction to the penile tissue. Strengthening the area can help to create new neural pathways and repair those switched off during surgery.
Don’t suffer in silence, contact the physiotherapy department at The New Foscote Hospital to see what we can do to help.