How effective is a physical therapy (PT) program in the treatment of chronic pain syndrome (CPS)?

Updated: Jan 14, 2020
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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A prospective study by Masterson et al suggested that physical therapy using pelvic floor rehabilitation may offer an effective treatment for men with idiopathic chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Treatment response was considered robust in five out of 10 patients (50%), and moderate in two out of 10 (20%), with therapy involving the following [25] :

  • Internal and external manual therapy of the pelvic floor and abdominal musculature to promote muscle relaxation
  • Therapeutic exercises aimed at improving range of motion, mobility/flexibility, and muscle strength
  • Biofeedback aimed at strengthening and relaxing the pelvic floor musculature
  • Neuromodulation to relax the pelvic floor musculature and relieve pain

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