Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome – CPPS
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome in men is a chronic condition that, as the name suggests, typically affects the pelvis but may also include pain the lower back, legs, abdomen, penis (shaft, tip, urethra and base), testicular, perineum and prostate; urinary symptoms including; increased frequency, urgency, nocturia (the need to urinate frequently at night), dysuria (painful urination) and post micturition dribble. Symptoms can also be aggravated post ejaculation, leaving the patient with an increased sensitivity in all of the above mentioned areas.
CPPS is also referred to as Prostatitis and in particular Chronic, Non Bacterial Prostatitis (inflammation in and around the prostate without the presence of a bacterial infection).
Symptoms have been found in children as young as 6 years old and in men well into their 70’s and 80’s, although typically CPPS affects men in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.
For years it is a condition that has stumped many Dr’s and was often treated with high and prolonged doses of antibiotics, which often left the patient with a series of other complaints. Prostate Massage has also been used to varying degrees of success over the years.
Recent advances and understanding of the condition has now lead many practitioners to believe that the cause may be muscular related, with particular focus on tension found in the pelvic floor.