Peyronie's Disease and Physical Therapy
Hi friends! Have you or your partner began to have a curved penis with painful erections? This may be Peyronie’s disease can often make sex difficult and painful for one or both partners and (Stone, 2020).
What is Peyronie’s disease?
A formation of scar tissue/fibrous plaques which cause changes to the penis, especially when erect (Stone, 2020). Peyronie’s disease affects nine percent of males worldwide (Stone, 2020)
What Causes Peyronie’s Disease?
Prostate cancer and other conditions that can decrease blood supply to the penis are commonly associated with Peyronie’s disease. These can include:
Radical prostatectomy (Tal, 2010)
Radiation to treat prostate cancer (Frey, 2017)
Autoimmune/genetic disorders, like those that cause Dupuytren’s contractures (Ziegelmann, 2020)
Abdominal, pelvic, or hernia repair surgeries
Overactive pelvic floor muscles
Vigorous sexual activity (Ziegelmann, 2020)
What Treatments Are Available? (Stone, 2020; Ziegelmann, 2020)
While much of the research about treatment options for Peyronie’s disease is new and upcoming, there are several options. Talk with your providers to see what may be best for you.
Ultrasound to the scar tissue—this may be most beneficial in the early stages (Stone, 2020)
Physical therapy—including manual therapy and stretching to the penis, pelvic floor muscles, and hips along with pelvic floor muscle relaxation exercises
Vacuum constriction/pump devices to stretch the penis
Extracoropral shockwave therapy
If the conservative treatments above are unsuccessful in treating Peyronie’s disease, you and your providers may consider surgical straightening of the penis or a penile prosthesis.
Regardless of the treatment option you choose, there is help and there is hope to return to pain-free intimacy with your partner! Learn more about male pelvic health and Peyronie's disease in the video below.
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Written by Emily Reul, PT, DPT
1. Stone J. Physical therapy intervention for peyronie disease as a missling link for female dyspareunia: a case report. J Womens Health Phys Therap. 2020;44(1):26-31.
2. Ziegelmann MJ, Bajic P, Levine LA. Peyronie’s diesaes: contemporary evaluation and management. Int J Urol. 2020;27(6):504-516.
3. Frey et al. Prevalence and predicting factors for commonly neglected sexual side effects to external-beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer. J Sex Med.2017;14(4):558-565.
4. Tal et al. Peyronie’s disease following radical prostatectomy: incidence and predictors. J Sex Med. 2010;7(3):1254-1261.