Men and women possess similar anatomy in terms of their pelvic floor muscles and the way they function. There are a variety of reasons why men may experience symptoms related to pelvic floor dysfunction, including falls, surgeries, prostate conditions and many others. We evaluate and determine the cause of the pelvic muscle dysfunction and whether it is related to muscles that are overactive, underactive or a combination of the two.
At Hertel & Brown, we see our male patients pre-operatively for radical prostatectomies and for any side effects that may occur after surgery. Our goal is to enhance surgical outcomes for our patients and assist them in overcoming urinary incontinence and any other symptoms they may experience after surgery.
We provide a variety of treatments, including computer-assisted exercise called biofeedback. Biofeedback provides patients with a visual tool to learn how to strengthen and/or relax their pelvic muscles as needed. Hertel & Brown physical therapist Julie Johnson, DPT, BCB-PMD, is board-certified in pelvic muscle dysfunction biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Other treatments include postural, dietary and behavioral modifications as well as an individualized home exercise program. Treatment options vary based on patient preference and need. Conditions treated include, but are not limited to:
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary frequency or urgency
- Fecal incontinence
- Pain elimination (bowel or bladder)
- Chronic constipation
- Urinary retention
- Pelvic pain