It is common to experience bladder incontinence following prostate surgery but it will usually be short-lasting. However, sometimes men will need physiotherapy to help them get dry again. Urinary incontinence can affect your quality of life but we have the experience to help you overcome these symptoms. Pelvic floor strengthening exercises are a proven way of treating incontinence and we will also advise you on weaning off pads, using clamps, improving your physical condition and erectile dysfunction. E.D. can be an issue following prostatectomy and we are able to give advice on how to overcome this from specific pelvic exercises, medications (liaising with your G.P.) and the use of a pump.
Where possible, we will use non-invasive methods of assessing the muscle such as real-time ultrasound or external palpation.
We also see men pre-surgery to help them to find and train the correct muscles so that you can start the exercise programme sooner post-surgery.
Make an appointment to see our men’s health physiotherapist, Linda.
Pelvic Pain in Men
Pelvic pain in men includes symptoms of pain or discomfort in the bladder, penis, testicles, perineum or anal area. Some men will have tingling, numbness or a burning sensation. Most referrals we receive come via a consultant or G.P. and we would recommend that you have been assessed by a doctor prior to attending.
We would take a full history and treatment could include pelvic floor muscle training, nerve mobilisations, soft tissue techniques and assessment and treatment of any back pain or stiffness.
You should make an appointment to see our men’s health physiotherapist, Linda.
You can book online or call 018352043.
Bowel Issues in Men
Physiotherapy can be very helpful in the treatment of bowel incontinence, incomplete emptying, bowel urgency, poor control of wind, constipation and pain due to haemorrhoids or fissures. Most men who attend will have been referred by their consultant or G.P. but we can see you without a referral and will liaise with your doctor.
First we will take a history which will include your symptoms, bowel habits, fluid intake, diet and exercise level. We will then do an assessment of the pelvic muscles and can start a treatment programme immediately.
Treatment would usually consist of:
- pelvic floor strengthening (or sometimes downtraining)
- advice on how to empty correctly without straining
- advice on improving general strength, if necessary
Make an appointment to see Linda, our men’s health physiotherapist.