Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Protecting your package

Testicular Pain in Men after exercise

There is no denying the numerous benefits that exercise has to offer. It helps to increase your energy level, improve muscle strength and helps to maintain a healthy weight just to name a few. For some men a high impact or high intensity workout is your way of reaping those benefits. But as a physical therapist who specializes in Pelvic Floor dysfunctions, I remind my patients to protect your package.

What do I mean by that? Some of these high intensity or high impact exercises can lead to testicular and groin pain in men. It can be accompanied with symptoms of increased urinary urgency, frequency, difficulty to initiate urination, painful intercourse and constipation. Plus there can also be some abdominal pain or discomfort.

Although, it is important to rule out more serious causes like a hernia, testicular torsion, epididymis etc. often times the injury is from a musculoskeletal cause such as abductor muscle sprain, strain, pelvic floor muscle injury or spasm which can be aggravated by heavy exercise. There can also be altered body mechanics or posture which can put your muscles in compromising positions which make you prone to injury.

So What Do You?
  • Visit your doctor to rule out serious pathology
  • If there is a sprain, strain or pelvic floor spasm, visit a physical therapy clinic with a pelvic floor PT. 
  • Wear cotton breathable supporting underwear to reduce irritation from sweat and help minimize excessive movement 
Here are some stretches that might help you if tight abductors or your pelvic floor is the cause:

Butterfly Stretch

Happy Baby

Frog Stretch

Piriformis Stretch 

What we do at Duffy and Bracken 

  • We are a team of sports, orthopedics and pelvic floor physical therapists who follow a team approach to use our skills to your benefit
  • Our Pelvic Floor physical therapists work with you for pelvic pain and urinary/constipation symptoms
  • You are assessed for proper mechanics and posture using wearable sensor technology called dorsaVi
  • We help to improve your movement patterns to eliminate the cause of pain and/or injury

Bhavti Soni, PT
Pelvic Floor Therapist

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