Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men and occurs most often in men age 65 years and older. Fortunately with early detection, most men can expect to be cured. There are a number of treatment options for prostate cancer that depend on stage and grade of cancer, age, overall health and lifestyle, and preferences. Options include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Physical therapy for prostate cancer should also be part of the treatment plan.
Why Physical Therapy for Prostate Cancer?
Radiation can irritate your bladder, which leads to incontinence. Pelvic floor exercises can help you minimize this unwanted side effect. In addition, you may experience pelvic pain or sexual dysfunction as a result of hormonal therapies and radiation treatment. Our specially trained physical therapists develop treatment options to ease your discomfort and help you manage these symptoms.
Physical therapy can help:
- Weak pelvic floor muscles
- Incontinence issues of the bowel and bladder
- Sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction
- Pelvic pain
- General fatigue
- De-conditioning after cancer treatment
- Urinary frequency
What to Expect from Physical Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Your physical therapy treatment plan may include:
- Exercises to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor
- Use of biofeedback
- General strengthening and conditioning
- Manual techniques
- Electrical stimulation to retrain the pelvic floor muscles
- Behavior modification to teach you to use pelvic floor contractions for control, manage your diet and improve your pelvic floor muscles for daily living
“I am amazed how beneficial lymphedema therapy was. The outcome was visible and evident that the treatment plan was designed to meet my health condition. I never imagined there was help for edema since I had it for many years. Not only were the benefits physical, but also there were emotional benefits – I love the way my feet, ankles and legs look! Many thanks!”
“I am very thankful for AAMG Physical Therapy. They were so patient with me explaining the different exercises to improve the strength of my arms after my breast surgery. I’m much more flexible, and it has made all the difference in bettering the pain level after surgery. I recommend ALL breast patients receive some sort of physical therapy.”