Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is the most common form of prostatitis. In CPPS, there are no bacteria in the urine, this condition is also sometimes called chronic (long-lasting) prostatitis.
The condition causes constant and persistent pain in the area around the prostate gland. Non-bacterial CPPS is diagnosed when a man has symptoms for at least 3 months.
What are the symptoms of Prostatitis?
- Pain in the lower back and pelvis
- Pain above the pubic bone
- Pain between the genitals and anus
- Pain with bowel movement
- Sexual dysfunction
Although the condition refers to the prostate, doctors are unsure if the prostate is the cause of the pain. The exact causes of this condition are unknown, but it is not caused by a bacterial infection.
It is thought that in some men there may be inflammation in the area without a specific cause, in others, the pain may be coming from the muscle or nerves in the area. CPPS is usually felt as a constant ache or pain around the penis, anus or lower back.
What is Prostatitis?
The prostate is a small gland underneath the bladder and in front of the anus. It creates a clear fluid that mixes with protect the sperm and helps form semen.
Prostatitis or Chronic pelvic pain condition can affect men of any age, but is most common in older men who have an enlarged prostate.
It is often treated with medication in the form of painkillers, muscle relaxants but often the advice is to reduce sitting on hard surfaces, take warm baths and to exercise gently. But medication is not for everyone as it may have unpleasant side effects.
Focused shockwave therapy is a drug-free alternative for treating chronic pelvic pain that offers pain-free, safe, quick and easy treatments, studies show it is both safe and effective.