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Natalia Monka, Reg. PT: Men have pelvic pain too…and there are treatment options for them too!

xrayThere is a general lack of awareness when it comes to men’s health and pelvic pain. Research suggests that 1 in 10 males suffer from pelvic pain at some point in their lives. Those who do seek medical help often find themselves bounced around from various medical specialists with inconclusive test results and unanswered questions.  Quite often, men end up suffering for years with symptoms such as painful urination, burning sensations, pain with intercourse and chronic back, abdominal or hip pain.

A pelvic health physiotherapist can provide advice and guidance in managing any of the following conditions:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Urgency or Frequency
  • Painful Urination
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Prostatitis
  • Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
  • Burning Ejaculation
  • Painful Scars/Adhesions
  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
  • Post Pelvic Surgeries
  • Pain with Intercourse
  • Sacroiliac (SI) pain
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain
  • Abdominal/groin/hip pain

What to expect on your initial visit:

At PhysioExcellence, a comprehensive assessment is completed one of our registered physiotherapists who treat both male and female pelvic dysfunction. An assessment of posture, lumbar and pelvic mobility, strength and flexibility, dietary, bowel and bladder habits along with an internal exam of the pelvic floor muscles is completed. A discussion of the effects of stress, dietary habits and postural habits along with pelvic floor anatomy are reviewed in the first visit. Being an educated patient is the first step towards finding solutions for chronic pelvic pain.


Treatment Plans are all individualized and discussed following the assessment. These may include all or some of the following:

  • Manual Therapy: to restore pelvic and lumbar mobility
  • Postural re-training and re-education of abdominal and pelvic floor muscle function.
  • Home exercise program to build strength, improve flexibility and promote function.
  • Self-care program involving bowel and bladder habits and relaxation techniques to improve body awareness.
  • If necessary, biofeedback or electrical stimulation is used for pelvic floor muscle re-training.
  • Goals towards changing lifestyle factors that may be contributing to pelvic pain.

If you know someone who is suffering, share this blog with them, if its you, let’s get started, call today.