Male Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (MCPPS) is a complex condition and difficult to decipher due to the multifactorial etiologies and system interrelationships. No studies to date have described a movement-based, multisystem assessment including the musculoskeletal, visceral, nervous, lymphatic and vascular systems, as well as manual prostate mobility testing. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation to identify predominant mechanical and movement-based dysfunctions related to multiple anatomical structures and their interrelationships. Furthermore, symptoms and potentially confounding psychosocial, and environmental factors linked to MCPPS will be presented, and an overview of prospective treatment will be provided.
A retrospective analysis of evaluative findings for ten men was performed. The men, with an average age 35 (range 24-46) were referred to physical therapy for MCPPS.
This retrospective analysis of ten patients identifies potential contributing pain factors associated with MCPPS. Similarities in clinical presentation among men suffering from MCPPS were identified to include predominant mechanical dysfunctions of the thoraco-lumbar spine, the liver, the kidney, the femoral nerve, the bladder, the prostate, and the pelvic floor.
The observations in this retrospective study demonstrate that the use of a multisystem assessment approach in patients with MCPPS is critical for their more effective treatment. On the basis of these findings, and the close mechanical interrelationships of the anatomical elements involved and multisystem MCPPS etiologies, larger-scale research is warranted.
Journal of bodywork and movement therapies. 2019 May 22 [Epub]
Lyne Archambault-Ezenwa, Alycia Markowski, Jean-Pierre Barral
Lyne Ezenwa Physical Therapy Services, P.C., Manvel, TX, USA. Electronic address: ., Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 022115, USA. Electronic address: ., Barral Osteopathic Teaching Organization, France. Electronic address: .