Post Prostatectomy Rehabilitation

POST PROSTATECTOMY REHABILITATION

Following a prostatectomy, many men experience episodes of urinary incontinence or leaking. Prairie Rehabilitation employs therapists with specialty training in the treatment of these conditions.  Physical therapy for urinary incontinence focuses on the structures that support the urethra and the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments called the pelvic floor.  Weakness of the pelvic floor will often create difficulty in controlling the flow of urine.

Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough examination that will include a review of your health history.  This may include a questionnaire asking you to recall any past injuries, surgeries, bowel and bladder habits,  nature and behavior of your current symptoms and medical diagnoses that may impact your therapy program.  You can expect a physical examination that includes evaluation of your strength, flexibility, and posture.  In addition, your physical therapist will do an external examination of your pelvic floor and may do an internal examination.  Your physical therapist, with your input, will design a plan of care that meets your needs.

A typical plan of therapy would focus on education and identifying dietary habits that may be causing irritation to your bladder.  You may be asked to keep a bladder diary in order for the therapist to identify a personalized treatment plan. Your therapist will be working with you to restore flexibility of any scar tissue or tight muscles affecting the ability of the pelvic floor to contract. This is achieved through gentle exercises and treatment called manual therapy.  You may receive biofeedback to increase your awareness of the pelvic floor muscles to aid in your treatment.  Ongoing education and progression of your exercise program will be closely monitored to help you achieve the goals of your personalized treatment plan.