Did you know?
According to WHO 2020
- 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer versus 1 in 3 women
- 1 in 6 men get prostate cancer versus 1 in 9 women get breast cancer
- 40% of 40-year-old men and 50% of 50-year-old men have erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia
- There are 1.3 million new cases of prostate cancer annual
- Disability amongst men related to sexual dysfunction is high following their diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer
- The treatment interventions for prostate cancer may cause disabling side effects, including pain, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction
Why Master A Pelvic Floor Maneuver Before A Prostatectomy?
Addressing the pelvic floor muscles early on can speed up the recovery time and decrease pain. Mastering the muscles' subtle movement patterns can significantly reduce leaking while performing daily activities. It is paramount to learn to use these muscles in isolation, without the use of legs or buttocks, as without gripping the abdomen and holding your breath. You must also learn to use these muscles in coordination with other muscles (hips, legs, abdomen) during activities.
Your physical therapist will determine how you should perform a pelvic floor maneuver based on your initial evaluation. You will initially "Exhale and Squeeze" the pelvic floor muscles. Various verbal cues can be used, such as "Lift the anus up and in." BE GENTLE! Gripping the muscles during pelvic floor maneuvers may not improve your outcomes.
Why H&D Physical Therapy?
- One-on-one PT, never with an assistant
- 45-minute session devoted to rehabilitation and home exercise program development
- Only highly skilled, licensed physical therapists render treatment
- Patient and therapist partnership to formulate realistic attainable goals directly related to the function
- Minimize recovery time, and with discharge, an increased understanding of your condition
- H&D provides a comprehensive approach, including soft tissue mobilization, progressive functional therapeutic exercises, and home exercise programs to facilitate patient independence.
Who treats Pre/Post-Prostatectomy at H&D Physical Therapy?
Assessment and treatment are performed by Physical Therapists specially trained in internal and external management of the pelvic floor and viscera. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or have received any of the above diagnoses, schedule an appointment today.