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2019 Oct

J Bodyw Mov Ther



A comprehensive physical therapy evaluation for Male Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: A case series exploring common findings.


Archambault-Ezenwa L, Markowski A, Barral J-P
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2019 Oct; 23(4):825-834.
PMID: 31733768.


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.