Pelvic Trauma and Prostatitis
Pelvic trauma is any type of injury or insult to the pelvic region. Examples of pelvic trauma can include a sports injury (e.g., baseball or hockey stick impact to the groin area); excessive or rough-riding of a bicycle, motorcycle, or horse; injury experienced during an automobile accident; or surgery that involves the groin, pelvis, or prostate such as a prostate biopsy. Another medical cause could be device insertion, such as a catheter.
Certain jobs can contribute to pelvic trauma as well. Jobs that subject your prostate area to strong vibrations from operating heavy machinery or driving a truck can lead to pelvic trauma that leads to chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS). Heavy lifting with a full bladder can cause urine to back up into the prostate.
Any of the above examples of pelvic trauma, plus others, may cause chronic prostatitis as a result of pelvic trauma. Why is this? The pelvic trauma can set off a string of several different events that lead to pain. For example, the trauma may cause the release of certain chemicals (e.g., chemokines and cytokines) that are associated with inflammation. Generally, inflammation causes pain. On the one hand, these chemicals are beneficial because they help with the healing process. On the other hand, inflammation is accompanied by swelling and pain, which may linger and lead to CP/CPPS symptoms.
Pelvic trauma also can be accompanied by pain and urinary tract symptoms associated with the pelvic nerves and muscles. Problems with the bladder neck may develop and also cause urinary tract symptoms. Muscles in the pelvis may develop spasm and contribute to pain and other symptoms of prostatitis.
Prostatitis caused by pelvic trauma can possibly be relieved with natural prostatitis treatments through natural supplements and alternative prostatitis treatments. Consider some dietary changes that can reduce the amount of inflammation in the body such as eliminating wheat, gluten or foods that are spicy, acidic, or caffeinated. All chronic prostatitis sufferers can find relief in supportive measures such as sitz baths or using cushions or pillows. Other alternative treatments that may be helpful, especially you have any muscle spasm or some problems associated with a pelvic floor disorder, are prostate massage, trigger point release therapy, acupuncture, and biofeedback therapy for prostatitits.
Obviously, to heal you want to avoid further irritating the prostate and perineal area. Consider workplace modifications if you have a strenuous job or operate heavy machinery or are subjected to vibration. Wear protective gear when playing a contact sport. If you feel that your chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is caused initially from riding a bike, you may need to take a break from riding while you heal. During this time, look for a new bike seat. There are several bike seats made for prostate health that are split or are designed not to put pressure on the prostate and perineal area.