Urology Austin

Motion is Lotion

So you are stuck at home and feeling a little cabin fever?  A great way to combat stress is to get your move on.  Gentle exercise from walking and stretching can help circulate your blood, release endorphins, and improve your mood.  Below are some helpful ideas to try:

Take A Walk

Try taking a 30 min walk two times a day.

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Bladder Irritants: Is food giving you a grumpy bladder?

Do you ever get the impression that certain foods and beverages make you feel like you have to urinate ALL THE TIME?  Maybe your morning coffee or a soda at the movie theater?  How about all those Valentine’s Day chocolates you just inhaled?  Don’t worry, you aren’t dreaming this up.  There are certain foods (the ones everybody loves) that aren’t loved by your bladder.

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After Your Prostatectomy

Catheters are the worst.  It’s out.  And now you have incontinence.

The post-operative prostatectomy appointments are interesting from a physical therapist’s perspective.  We get to witness an evolution.  Patients go from fearful to angry to frustrated to hopeful to grateful.  This is the first time we see the patient after surgery and the majority of patients are now cancer-free. 

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Physical Therapy


Stop and Smell the Roses

Patients are often surprised when pelvic floor physical therapists prescribe breathing as an exercise.  You might think, “how is focusing on breathing going to help me feel better?”  Let’s explore the wonders of diaphragmatic breathing, also known as “belly breathing,” and how this simple technique can lead to big improvements in your health.

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Physical Therapy


Before Your Prostatectomy

I work at the largest urology practice in Central Texas. This means that I get the opportunity to work with a lot of docs doing prostatectomies. Most men are getting a prostatectomy because they have prostate cancer. Some men get a prostatectomy for other reasons. But, I can assure you that no man gets a prostatectomy to lose a few pounds.

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Physical Therapy


Probing around

It doesn’t happen nearly as often as it used to, thank goodness, but it still happens.  Patients come to me wanting “that thing that reads what I’m doing, like a video game or something”.  That “thing” is called a biofeedback machine.

There are two types used in the pelvic floor world. 

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Physical Therapy


Ripping Your Skin Off

There is a huge disagreement in the pelvic pain world.  Some people say that you should cause no pain to patients who come to you for treatment of pelvic pain.  The others believe that you should address what is causing the root of pelvic pain in as efficient a manner as possible.  These two viewpoints don’t have to be at odds,

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Physical Therapy


Sometimes I Know Why You Hurt

It’s true.  People have issues in their back, hips, pelvis, bladder, urethra, genitals, vagina and rectum for a handful of reasons.  It doesn’t get that wild.  What is actually wild is the depths some patients have to go through to get referred to the appropriate care. I’ve listed super common reasons why people have pelvic issues…

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