Exercises for Pudendal Nerve Entrapment

Updated February 21, 2017

As with many nervous system disorders, patients suffering from pudendal nerve entrapment typically must undergo a surgical procedure in order to relieve any numbness, tingling or pain associated with the condition. However, some patients may also benefit from incorporating specific exercise movements focusing on maintaining the body's range of motion while also strengthening muscle groups surrounding the affected area.

Recognising the Condition

According to, pudendal nerve entrapment is an extremely rare disorder that results from overactivity or overuse of the hip joint, causing the nerve to become trapped or pinched in the joint. Patients with this condition typically experience a great deal of pain or numbness in the genital or pelvic area, many times to the point where daily activity is affected. While males and females share a similar risk to the ailment, most cases of nerve entrapment result after years of athletic activity as opposed to one traumatic event or injury. Due to the rarity of the condition, patients may need to seek consultation from a specialist in the area of urology or neurosurgery to determine the best course of treatment.

Sample Exercises

Before trying any therapeutic or exercise program for this condition, patients should first seek the advice of a trained medical professional. According to Peter Dornan, an Australian physiotherapist, focusing on the lower extremities and the patient's core stabilisers can be helpful when faced with pudendal nerve entrapment. Movements such as hip abduction (raising the leg to the side, away from the body's midline) can help increase the natural range of motion of the hip joint. Depending on the severity of the condition, some patients may be able to perform more advanced movements such as squats or lunges to help promote muscle-strengthening and prevent atrophy surrounding the nerve. Weight-bearing or resistance should only be incorporated with these exercises under the supervision or recommendation of a medical professional due to the risk of further injury associated with the anatomical position of the pudendal nerve.

Further Treatment

Under the recommendation of a physician, patients may also benefit from a physical-therapy treatment plan to help alleviate discomfort or numbness with nerve entrapment. After a surgical procedure to correct the condition, patients may also benefit from exercise to minimise the onset of muscle atrophy or joint freezing.

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