Men’s Pelvic Health
The Men’s Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program at Frye Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the most advanced, least invasive treatments and therapies for men’s pelvic health. Our specially trained physical therapists treat men of all ages who are experiencing urinary incontinence or pelvic pain.
Frye Regional offers a comprehensive pelvic health program for men (and women). The men’s pelvic health program includes treatment for:
- Incontinence—an often embarrassing condition that includes issues with urination and excretion affecting approximately 3.4 million men, including 17 percent of men older than 60
- Chronic Pelvic Pain—Chronic pain in the pelvis, genitals, tailbone, joints or lower back, impacts 6.3 percent of men
- Erectile Dysfunction
What You Need To Know About Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
The pelvic floor is comprised of a group of muscles that work together to allow for optimal bladder, bowel and sexual function. When these muscles do not coordinate properly or are weakened, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction may occur, including incontinence, pelvic pain or difficulties with sexual function. Some men may experience these issues after having surgery in or around the pelvic region, including procedures such as prostate surgery or vasectomy. It is also possible for the muscles in the region to be affected by tissue sensitivity or irritation due to infection, benign prostate enlargement, pelvic muscle spasm or the general aging process.
Symptoms of male pelvic floor muscle dysfunction may include:
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent urination (more than every 2-4 hours during the day, or more than once during the night)
- Accidental leakage of urine during activities such as coughing, sneezing or lifting
- Trouble reaching the toilet in time (urge incontinence) or leakage of urine right after leaving the toilet
- Constipation or frequent straining during bowel movements
- Loss of bowel control or difficulty controlling gas
- Pain before, during or after urination or bowel movement
- Pain during or after sexual intercourse
- Chronic pain in the pelvis and/or genitals
What You Need To Know About Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain isn’t a single condition but a group of disorders with related symptoms. Sometimes chronic pelvic pain is caused by bacteria, but often the cause is unknown. When caused by bacteria, treatment is often achieved with medication. More common forms of pelvic pain aren’t well understood and are difficult to diagnose and treat. Physical therapies that focus on treating the pelvic floor are often very effective in treating non-bacterial pelvic pain.
How Our Physical Therapists Can Help
Physical Therapists at Frye Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program offer a comprehensive program to address pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Physical therapy can help patients strengthen and improve coordination of pelvic floor muscles to gain more control over symptoms. Each patient receives an individualized evaluation in a private exam room, including a comprehensive review of musculoskeletal assessment to determine if pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is present.
Physical Therapy treatment for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is individually tailored and may include:
- Manual Therapy
- Bladder Retraining
- Pelvic Floor/Core Rehabilitation
- Individualized Exercise Programs to rehabilitate pelvic floor muscles
To Schedule An Appointment
To schedule an appointment, contact Frye Regional’s Pelvic Health Program. Physician referrals are encouraged, but not required.
Frye Regional Medical Center
420 N Center St
Hickory, NC 28601
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Frye Regional's Pelvic Health Program is offered in the Outpatient Therapy Services Department at the hospital's main campus located on North Center Street. Enter through the Outpatient Therapy Services area. Valet parking is available.
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