The suspensory ligament attaches the male penis to the public bone and supports the scrotum. It helps keep the penis close to the pubic bone and supports the penis when it becomes erect. A suspensory ligament strain can occur as the result of moving or straining the groin area. It can also occur after a direct blow to the suspensory ligament. A suspensory ligament strain can be painful and limit your ability to participate in physical activity. However, there are actions you can take to help rehab a suspensory strain.
Ice your suspensory ligament. Apply ice -- wrapped in a towel -- to your suspensory ligament for 20 minutes at a time, three to four times per day. Ice for the first 48 hours following your injury, according to Jay Young Gillenwater --author of "Adult and Pediatric Urology."
Rest for the first two days. Avoid strenuous activity, the activity that caused your strain, and any other activity that causes you discomfort.
See your doctor. If pain does not subside after a few days, make an appointment with your family doctor. Your family doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical examination. A physical examination can help determine the extent of the damage and tell you if any further action is needed. In the event of a severe strain, your doctor may refer you to a urologist for further treatment -- in some cases surgery may be required to repair the ligament.
Strengthen your suspensory ligament by performing Kegel exercises. Tighten your Kegel muscles by pretending you are trying to stop the flow of your urine.Tighten your muscles and hold this position for a count of five seconds. Repeat three sets of seven repetitions throughout the day.
Return to your normal exercise level. Exercise caution as you return to physical activity. Avoid activities that cause you pain and take it slow.
- InnerBody.com; Suspensory Ligament
- University of California Irvine Department of Urology; Male Kegel Exercises After Surgery
- "Adult and Pediatric Urology"; Jay Young Gillenwater; 2002