Chronic prostatitis which is also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome is a condition characterized by pain and discomfort in the prostate gland which persists for at least 3 months and is due to inflammation of the prostate gland.
Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis
- Pain which may be dull, aching or intense and sharp. It may be felt in the perineum, penis, testis or even in the lower back
- Urinary issues like frequent urination, sudden and strong urge to urinate, pain during urination, and weak urine flow
- Sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction, difficulty ejaculating, and painful ejaculation,
- Possible signs of infection, such as nausea, fever, and chills
- Unexpected fatigue
- Pain in patients suffering from chronic pelvic pain syndrome can range from mild to debilitating, it can be dull or sharp at the same time constant or intermittent.
Chronic Prostatitis is more common in people who relate to the following:
- Men between the ages of 25 and 45
- Previous episodes of prostatitis
- History of recurrent urinary tract infections
- Pelvic injury
- Prostate gland anatomical abnormalities
- Stress and emotional factors may exacerbate chronic prostatitis symptoms
- Occupations which involve prolonged sitting such as truck drivers and office worker
Pelvic Physiotherapy for Chronic Prostatitis
- Relaxation training like diaphragmatic breathing to promote relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles
- Bowel and bladder retraining
- Pelvic floor muscle training to improve tone, increase strength and reduce muscle tension.
- Manual therapy techniques like trigger point therapy to release tension and tightness in the pelvic floor muscles.
- Biofeedback helps individuals to learn how to control and relax the pelvic floor muscles effectively.
- Education and lifestyle modifications
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