What Causes the Painful Curve Downstairs?
February 28, 2023
When sexually aroused, your penis expands and stiffens as blood flows into sponge-like spaces inside. In most cases, a slight curve to the left or right is normal; however, if it's more severe (greater than 30 degrees), Peyronie's disease is a men's medical condition in which the penis curves abnormally during an erection.
Unfortunately, PD rarely goes away on its own or without treatment, so seeking early intervention can help prevent worsening of symptoms or improve them altogether. Despite its serious complications such as painful erections and inability to have sex, Peyronie’s disease commonly occurs.
Peyronie’s disease can cause stress to your sexual relationships as well as lead to psychological issues, such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. In some cases, PD can lead to erectile dysfunction. While there is no known cure for Peyronie’s disease, there are treatments that may reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for those affected by the painful condition.
Causes of Peyronie's Disease
Despite being commonly attributed to singular incidents of trauma, Peyronie's disease is more likely caused by multiple episodes that occur over time. These can include anything from pressure from a partner during sex to sports injuries during athletic events like cycling. However, at times no direct trauma is remembered. Nonetheless, treating it early on can be beneficial and contrary to what some may think; PD rarely goes away without medical attention.
Men with certain connective tissue disorders may have a heightened risk of developing Peyronie's Disease, one example being Dupuytren's contracture which causes fingers to be pulled inward. Family history is also an important factor, so if you have relatives who suffer from this condition, your chances are higher too. Although the disorder can affect all age groups, it becomes more likely and prevalent in older men.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Penile Curvature
Peyronie's Disease is a complex condition affecting the penis. Its symptoms can begin either gradually or suddenly and vary in intensity, but they may worsen over time if left untreated. Common areas of plaque buildup lie inside the elastic membrane (tunica albuginea) in the layers of tissue on the top or bottom of the penis. This can result in painful erections as the scar tissue causes the penis to curve or bend. Inflammation related to PD can cause additional swelling and penile scar tissue can harden.
According to Mayo Clinic online, without treatment only about 10% to 15% of men experience symptom relief in one year, while symptoms worsen for about 45% of men.
Although Peyronie's disease cannot be prevented, it does not necessarily mean that men are helpless against its symptoms. Penile curvature is often a predisposition to the way the body heals in reaction to trauma. Since a loss of penile length is a common complaint, PD can have a significant negative effect on a man’s quality of life. Pain caused by plaque build-up is the most common complaint. An erection increases pressure against the formed plaques, amplifying discomfort. Consult a male health physician today to get on track in restoring your sexual health.
Benefits of GAINSWave Treatments
Plaque buildup in the tunica albuginea, a thin elastic membrane that encases the penis, is the primary cause of Peyronie's disease. This condition often leads to painful erections and makes sexual intercourse unpleasant or impossible due to curvature, swelling and hardening of tissue due to inflammation. Additionally, swelling often leads to an increase in troublesome scar tissue. Left untreated PD can worsen over time - so contact a men’s health specialist if you suspect something isn't quite right downstairs.
Shockwave therapy has a long, impressive history in Europe and is now being studied around the world. Clinical trials confirm its potential to reduce plaque associated with sexual performance issues. The pulsed acoustic waves generated during treatment work to break up the fibrous tissue that has built up under the skin. This helps eliminate the cause of the curvature and reduces symptoms. Studies have revealed that acoustic waves can eliminate plaque early on with no adverse effects and offers non-surgical relief.
The earlier this disorder is treated, the better your chances of managing symptoms successfully. For maximum benefit, a combination of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment along with GAINSWave™ therapy may be recommended depending on the severity of your condition. Contact Dr. Earl Eye to schedule a visit today.