Gray RE, Kasper K. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as a Novel Way to Manage Postvasectomy Pain Syndrome. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2019;119(4):263–267. doi: https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2018.162.
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Postvasectomy pain syndrome (PVPS) can be debilitating and is notoriously difficult to treat, often requiring a multidisciplinary approach. In this case report, osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) was used to treat a patient with PVPS. After vasectomy, an otherwise-healthy man experienced chronic right testicular pain, aggravated by exercise, touch, and sexual intercourse, resulting in marital strain and an inability to perform routine fitness activities. Symptoms persisted for 8 years, despite lifestyle modifications, orally administered pain regimens, pelvic floor physical therapy, nerve blocks, steroid injections, epididymectomy, spermatic cord denervation, and counseling. After the patient's urologist suggested orchiectomy, his family medicine physician referred him for OMT. The OMT interventions, applied over a 4-month period, were directed at the lumbar spine, pelvis, pelvic floor, and lower abdomen. After treatment, the patient reported absence of testicular pain most of the time and described his quality of life as “10 times better.” Literature review revealed no reports of OMT used to manage PVPS.
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