A course for experienced and novice physical therapists and occupational therapists This 3-day Men’s Health Therapy course will focus on the assessment and management of the Men's Health PT patient.


This 3-day Men’s Health Physical Therapy course will focus on the assessment and management of the Men's Health PT patient. The course will focus on the detailed history taking of the complex conditions men with pelvic dysfunction present with. Conditions that will be introduced and focused on will be male pelvic pain, male athletic pelvic pain, hard flaccid syndrome, post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence, and post-prostatectomy erectile dysfunction. This course will also focus on addressing the challenges of setting up or building a men's health PT service.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for male and female PTs who want to develop/update their interest in Men’s Health PT, including those with a women’s health, musculoskeletal/orthopedic or sports background. The course will equip you to start working with male pelvic patients and to develop a new role or service. Gerard has a strong track record of teaching mixed groups of physical therapists and also those who are new to either male pelvic health or pelvic health PT.

Course Content

• Male pelvic floor anatomy, function and dysfunction

• Developing detailed history taking skills with these complex conditions

• Exploring the complex psychological, emotional, cognitive, social & behavioral aspects of the conditions these men present with

• Internal examination in men’s health physiotherapy

• Assessment & management of male pelvic pain

• Introducing the EZ Magic therapeutic device and its role in management of pelvic pain and building self-efficacy

• Role of musculoskeletal & exercise based physiotherapy in the male pelvic pain patient to include athletic pelvic pain; Bridging the musculoskeletal/orthopedic, sports & pelvic health gap

• Role of trans-abdominal ultrasound scanning and its use in the over or under active male pelvic floor

• Introduction to the management of pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence in a post-prostate cancer surgery patient

• Introduction to post-prostatectomy erectile dysfunction

• How do develop a Men’s Health Physiotherapy service & role: an expanding role for physiotherapists

Course Objectives

  • Describe the anatomy and function of at least 3 key pelvic floor muscles and 2 key hip muscles involved in the etiology of male pelvic pain

  • Demonstrate the use of 4 validated questionnaires for the assessment of the male pelvic pain patient and the post prostatectomy patient

  • Describe 6 key components of the subjective assessment of both the male pelvic pain patient and the post prostatectomy patient

  • Perform a battery of 5 validated reliable tests on the pelvic girdle for pain provocation in the male pelvic pain patient

  • Perform 1 internal examination assessment method for pelvic floor evaluation and 1 external assessment method

  • Compare and contrast internal and external methods of assessing the male pelvic floor in both male pelvic pain and post prostatectomy patients

  • Demonstrate a minimum of 2 validated objective tests for assessing the fast and slow twitch activity of the male pelvic floor

  • Describe a minimum of 5 key concepts in the management of male pelvic pain

  • Describe a minimum of 5 key concepts in the management of post prostatectomy urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction

  • Describe 4 key strategies in developing a men’s health physiotherapy service


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Schedule

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Refreshments are provided; meals are on your own.

Day 1

8:00 – 8:15 Registration
8:15 – 8:45 Welcome, Introductions and your course aims
8:45 – 9:30 Scope of men’s health physiotherapy
9:30 – 11:00 Clinical anatomy & physiology related to men’s health
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 Male pelvic pain (theory)
12:45 – 1:45 Lunch Break
1:45 – 2:45 History taking in a male pelvic pain patient: interactive session
2:45 – 5:00 Male internal pelvic floor examination (Practical)

Day 2

7:30 – 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 9:00 Musculoskeletal components of male pelvic pain
9:00 – 11:00 Pain education, musculoskeletal approaches & exercise (Practical)
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Internal pelvic floor treatment strategies for male pelvic pain (Practical)
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 Pelvic floor assessment & management in the prostate cancer patient (Lecture)
2:30 – 4:00 External assessment & rehabilitation of urinary incontinence (Practical)
4:00 – 5:00 Transabdominal ultrasound imaging of the prostate cancer & the pelvic pain patient (Practical)

Day 3

7:30 – 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 11:00 Ultrasound imaging of the male pelvic pain and post-radical prostatectomy patient
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 1:00 Use of the EZ Magic in the management of male pelvic pain
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 Hard flaccid syndrome
3:00 – 4:00 How to develop a men’s health service: An expanding role in physiotherapy (Interactive Lecture)
4:00 – 5:00 Practice revision, Q & A

Who Should Attend

Physical therapists and Occupational Therapists

Course CEUs

Men's Health Physical Therapy

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy - 2.2 CEUs

NOTE: Many states, such as Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others, accept the CEUs approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

If you are not sure about another state, check out your state board's website and look for language like (from South Carolina - https://www.llr.sc.gov/pt/ce.aspx): 

At least fifteen (15) of the required thirty (30) contact hours shall be from Certified Activities. Certified Activities include [...] attendance at conferences and completion of continuing competency activities provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), South Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA), other chapters and sections of the APTA, as well as other state boards of physical therapy