Male Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction, & Treatment introduces valuable concepts in male pelvic health including urinary function, chronic pelvic pain, and sexual health. For therapists who have taken Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction, and Treatment Level 2A, the Male Course expands on the male pelvic health topics introduced in PF2A. This continuing education course is also created at an introductory level, covering topics such as internal rectal pelvic muscle examination, so that a therapist who has not taken prior pelvic floor muscle function coursework can attend.
Urinary dysfunction such as post-prostatectomy incontinence, benign prostatic hypertrophy, urinary rentention, and post-micturition dribble are discussed in this class. Because urinary incontinence is a potential consequence following prostate surgery, risk factors, pre-surgical rehabilitation, and post-surgical intervention strategies following prostatectomy are instructed. The medical aspects of prostate cancer testing are also clearly described, including prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, Gleason scores, and the recent changes in recommended medical screening and interventions are referenced.
Although most men diagnosed with prostatitis do not have a true infection, prostatitis is a common diagnosis within male chronic pelvic pain. The Male Course explains typical presentations of prostatitis-like pain, evaluation techniques and evidence-informed intervention techniques. Other male pelvic pain diagnoses are covered, such as Peyronie's Disease, testicular and scrotal pain, penile pain, and pelvic floor muscle-related conditions. Men who experience pelvic muscle dysfunction including pain or weakness are at risk for sexual dysfunction. Participants will be able to describe the relationships between pelvic muscle function and male sexual health, including the high-level evidence that demonstrates pelvic muscle rehabilitation's positive impact on erectile function. This continuing education course includes lecture and labs, including external and internal muscle mapping and neuro-myofascial treatment techniques.