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Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease

Men’s Health for Movember 2018

I thought I’d share some information about a little-known, very distressing condition called Peyronie’s disease (PD). It has a higher incidence in the post-radical prostatectomy population. I would like to recognise Jo Milios (Physiotherapist, PhD candidate) for her dedication to this topic making it the subject of her RCT’s, which will hopefully be published soon.

PD is a disorder whereby, fibrous inelastic plaques form in the tunica albuginea (TA) of the corpora cavernosa of the penis. These plaques may be palpable and can cause a number of penile symptoms such as penile pain, curvature, hinge deformity, shortening, narrowing, indentation and erectile dysfunction. These symptoms potentially hinder sexual function and penetration thus effecting relationships and causing psychosocial distress.

It can occur due to injury, post-surgery, cardiovascular disease or genetics. It can be due to a reduction in penile blood flow. To maintain the ability to have erections, men require 24hour penile blood flow and on average, have 6-8 erections per night usually during REM sleep, keeping the penile tissue healthy. Some surgeries alter this blood flow for a period of time thereby altering the number of “maintenance erections”.

The good news is that physiotherapy can help with simple non-invasive tools.

Help your Bro’s this Movember by talking more about your health and doing something about it if you are concerned.

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We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

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  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
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We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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