Rick Young, PT, MPT, CODN, CMTPT/MT, AIB/VRC, co-owner of Aberdeen Physical Therapy and Wellness, wants to make men aware that there is help for incontinence, pelvic pain and erectile dysfunction with physical therapy. Young received his master’s degree in physical therapy in 1992 from Temple University in Philadelphia and his training in male pelvic health from Herman and Wallace and the American Physical Therapy Association. Generally speaking, men’s pelvic health issues are not treated as well as women’s. Men generally do not seek treatment for their health problems, either because they may be embarrassed or embarrassed or because they do not know that there are solutions to their problems. Male pelvic problems can stem from many different sources, including treatment for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in men (behind skin cancer), and one in eight men will be diagnosed in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Removal of the prostate is one of the treatment options for prostate cancer. During this procedure, nerves and muscles can be damaged, affecting the pelvic floor muscles. This can lead to urine leakage (incontinence). Sometimes urine can leak during activities such as coughing, sneezing, and sitting. Other times he may run away for no reason. Young said a lot of these same things can happen with aging. “Nerves can grow back, but they do so very slowly,” Young said. “Weakness in the pelvic floor muscles can also lead to erectile dysfunction, as these muscles are responsible for keeping blood flowing to the penis to maintain an erection. “Part of the treatment we do in physiotherapy is to strengthen the muscles. If you have pain or dysfunction in your neck or shoulders, strengthening important muscles is part of the treatment. The same is true in the pelvis. In fact, most problems in the pelvis can be traced to muscle dysfunction. leakage or erectile dysfunction, you are dealing with weak muscles, pelvic pain, you are usually dealing with tight muscles or muscle fibers that contain trigger points Young explains pelvic floor exercises for men on April 20, 2022, at his office.Video by Sandhills Sentinel reporter Stephanie M. Sellers.Several tools are used to help patients achieve their goals. Electrical stimulation for strengthening and ultrasound to help identify muscle activity are two such tools, in addition to exercise. Contact Aberdeen Physiotherapy and Wellness for an appointment at 910-944-1169. The office is located at 200 North Poplar Street in Aberdeen. To visit the Aberdeen Physical Therapy and Wellness website, please click here. To visit their Facebook page, please click here. Feature photo: Rick Young, owner of Aberdeen Physical Therapy and Wellness, stands outside his office on North Poplar Street. Photo of Sandhills Sentinel reporter Stephanie M. Sellers. Contributed.