- Can a pelvic rehabilitation provider help a male patient who has erectile dysfunction (ED)?
- Is there research to support a claim that rehab helps with ED?
- Are there any medical conditions a pelvic rehab provider should suspect when a patient complains of ED?
- Are there any screening tests a pelvic rehab provider can complete to rule out medical causes of ED?
- Are there any pelvic rehabilitation courses that discuss ED in men?
If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, well done. A pelvic rehabilitation provider can indeed help a patient who presents with complaints of erectile dysfunction, and the highest level of evidence (randomized, controlled clinical trial) has been completed to support this claim. Medically, a patient with ED may be suffering from heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or even multiple sclerosis and should be screened by a medical provider prior to working with a pelvic rehabilitation provider. Skilled listening, and screening tests such as blood pressure, balance, and medication screening can be utilized in the clinic to alert the therapist to a medical issue.