September- It's all about prostate cancer awareness
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death among men in Michigan. In Michigan, it is estimated that there will be 4,580 new cases and 980 deaths due to prostate cancer in 2019. This stat from the Michigan Cancer Consortium sounds grim but let's flip it. What I see is that 3,600 men in Michigan will be diagnosed and not die! How amazing is that!!!
There have been many technological advances in treatments for prostate cancer that have made them increasingly effective with fewer side effects. A common and often treatable side effect is urinary incontinence, with up to 40% of men experiencing this condition following prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate). One safe and effective option for curing or reducing incontinence after prostate surgery is to work with a specially trained physical therapist. Notice how I said work with a physical therapist and not just do kegels. A good pelvic physical therapist will be able to offer so much more than kegel instruction.
I have worked with men pre-op to learn some foundational concepts and as early as 5 weeks post prostatectomy. Evaluation and treatment in the early stages most often involves assessment of pelvic floor muscle function, review of hydration and urination habits, abdominal wall and surgical scar mobility assessment. From there a personalized plan is put into action so that each man can meet his goals.
What if his goals are lofty? Treatment does not need to end the moment he has regained bladder control. Maybe he has performance goals like returning to marathon training or getting back to his CrossFit box. Possibly he has a very physical job and is confused about how and when to return to work? As a Physical Therapist with a specialization in pelvic health, I can help him sort through all of this with the most up to date and evidence-based care.
I know that most of my readers are women so please share this information with the men in your lives. Tell them that there is help out there, even if these side effects have been present for years. Encourage them to advocate for their health, they are worth it.
Please use this link to schedule a free phone consultation with me or this link to book your first appointment, no referral necessary. New Seasons Physical Therapy and Wellness fully participates with Medicare and is usually able to offer an appointment within 2 weeks of scheduling.
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