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Highlight on Mens Pelvic Pain

June is Men's Health Month

Pelvic health is not only tied to females; males also experience pain in their pelvis including their bladder and rectum, but may also extend to their testicles, penis, prostate, etc. Common mens pelvic pain diagnoses include (but not limited to):

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In this Blog Post We Highlight an Important Aspect of Mens Health: Incontinence

Although it is more common to experience urinary incontinence in females compared to men, men can still experience urinary incontinence.

Just like females, males also have a pelvic floor that controls the sphincters to either contract or release (for holding in urine or releasing urine, respectively). When there is dysfunction or coordination issue (whether it is weakness or too tight) in the pelvic floor, incontinence can occur. The CDC estimates that almost 44% of men in the US who are not in an institution struggle with urinary incontinence. 

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Scoliosis and the Pelvic Floor - A Primer

Part 2 of our Series on Scoliosis Awareness

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month! If you recall from part 1, scoliosis is a 3-D curvature of the spine. Some people get it in early childhood or adolescence, and others get it as an adult. This can lead to low back pain, breathing difficulties, and … affect the function of the pelvic floor muscles!

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Functional Scoliosis and Structural Scoliosis
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An Overview of Functional Scoliosis and Structural Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a 3-D curvature of the spine. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2-3% of the US population currently have some form of scoliosis.

There are many different types. There is juvenile scoliosis starting at a young age, or adult-onset scoliosis. It can be categorized as congenital (some type of deformity causing irregular alignment), neuromuscular (neurological disease leading to asymmetries), or its most common form, idiopathic scoliosis (unknown).

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We wanted to share this article that we found published by the New England Journal of Medicine. We all have a lot of ongoing questions about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine, and this is a great resource that answers nearly every question we’ve had regarding testing, vaccines and more.

Covid-19 Vaccine — Frequently Asked Questions


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A collection of resources on Covid-19 vaccines, including frequently asked questions, continuing medical education, published research, and commentary.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)     VACCINE RESOURCES     VACCINE FAQ

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Histamines and Chronic Pelvic Pain

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Research draws a connection between histamines and chronic pelvic pain

Also linked to histamine response, inflammation disorders, and chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.

What is Chronic Pelvic Pain?

Chronic pelvic pain is generally defined by chronic pain in the region of the pelvis (Lai, 2015).

It is a common symptom that can be caused by several different structural and functional dysfunctions/disorders that affect the anorectal area, urinary bladder, reproductive system, and pelvic floor muscles. Unlike pelvic pain caused by structural diseases like endometriosis, pelvic pain linked with functional disorders cannot be explained by an organic or other specified pathological reason (Clemens, 2008).

Functional disorders that can cause pelvic pain are classified into three general categories:

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Bedwetting In Children - When is it a problem?

I think most people can remember a time when they were a kid and accidentally wet the bed.

The occasional accident is a normal part of childhood, however for some kids constant bedwetting may be a sign of an underlying pelvic floor issue. Some kids with toileting issues will start to feel it affect their self confidence, ability to participate in social activities, and that’s when you might consider getting some extra help.

In this article we will discuss the signs of an underlying pelvic floor dysfunction in children and how pelvic floor therapy can help.

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Frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in children can be closely tied to bowel and bladder dysfunctions

According to the International Children’s Continence Society, frequent urinary tract infections (UTI) in children can be closely tied to bowel and bladder dysfunctions, which are closely tied to pelvic floor dysfunction.

UTIs can signal different things for infants vs. older kids

It’s important for your child to be under the care of a pediatrician. UTIs that occur frequently in newborns/infants can be caused by different issues than UTIs that occur frequently in older children. Under the guidance of a pediatrician, your child will receive more appropriate care.

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Skid marks and fecal accidents can be a sign of constipation in children

Here’s what you can do about it.

Does your child have fecal accidents or skid marks in their underwear? This may be a sign of constipation.

Encopresis is fecal soiling associated with functional constipation in a child. The soiling often happens in the underwear, where the child loses whole pieces of formed bowel, liquid bowel, or has fecal staining on the underwear due to the inability to get clean when wiping. Constipation and encopresis are common problems in children. Encopresis is most common between ages 3 and 7 years.

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September is Healthy Aging Month

We here at Fusion Wellness PT consider pain free sex an important factor of aging healthfully! Today we talk about two common orthopedic complaints when engaging in penetrative sex: achy backs and bad hips.

Orthopedic Considerations and Penetrative Sex

As we all know, sex is an important activity for many and an important aspect of quality of life, especially as we age. In this article we’ll cover some common orthopedic issues associated with penetrative sex that people have with sex as they age and some suggestions for what you can do about it.

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Did you know that chronic pelvic pain can happen to all bodies, regardless of your sex?

If you have a human body, you have pelvic floor muscles and these muscles can be dysfunctional, causing pelvic pain in the low back, pelvis, groin, genitalia, and hip region. Pelvic pain is often described as a "headache in the pelvis," but can often times have more acute pain areas including painful penis and testicles. Read on for more information. 

Men and people with male anatomy can often have pain and various symptoms including:

Erectile Dysfunction Post Prostatectomy
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Are You Experiencing Erectile Dysfunction Post Prostatectomy?

Prostatectomy Procedures can Lead to Erectile Problems and Sexual Dysfunction

Prostate cancer is often treated with a radical prostatectomy - a procedure wherein cancerous tissue of the prostate is removed. Approximately 85% of men who undergo the surgery complain of erectile dysfunction (ED) after the procedure. Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to achieve and maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual performance.  Around 6-8% of men report urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy.

Other commonly reported symptoms of sexual dysfunction in male survivors of pelvic cancer include problems with ejaculation, low levels of sexual desire, urinary incontinence and orgasmic dysfunction. 

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