Prostate Cancer and Physical Therapy
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men diagnosed in the US and the 4th most common tumor diagnosed worldwide. Fortunately, there is a 99%, 5-year survival rate with early diagnosis. There are often no signs of prostate cancer. Screening by a physician may include the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and the digital rectal exam (DRE). Once diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, there are a variety of treatment options ranging from surgery to radiation to hormone therapy.
How can Physical Therapy help
Physical therapy addresses musculoskeletal issues. After treatment for Prostate Cancer, men often experience musculoskeletal issues involving the pelvic floor. These issues include pelvic pain, incontinence, groin pain, and more. They often impact the quality of life and leave survivors feeling frustrated. A physical therapist specifically trained in Pelvic Health (such as those at Bercutt Physical Therapy) work with men to retrain the bladder, optimize pelvic floor muscles, and strengthen global hip and core musculature. Treatment sessions include manual release work, breathing mechanics, biofeedback, and resistance training for the entire body.