At Men’s Vitality Center, as men’s health specialists, we have treated many men for injuries. One common injury we see is to the testicles. Because of where testicles are located on the body, there are many different types of accidents that can cause testicular injuries. The majority of testicular injuries are caused by blunt trauma, such as getting kicked or being in a bicycle accident, but they can also be caused by animal bites, machinery accidents, or bullets. When you experience testicular trauma, whether minor or more severe, it is important to address the problem with your men’s health physician at Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale. We can help you get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Types of Testicular Injury
The first step to treating a testicular injury is to determine the type. There are several types of testicular injuries:
Rupture: If an injury tears through the protective covering of the testicle, it is referred to as a rupture.
Fracture: A testicular fracture is when the testicular tissue breaks. The protective covering may or may not have teared in this case.
Hematoceles: Hematoceles occur when blood pools under the protective covering that surrounds the testicle.
Contusion: A contusion is when an accident injures the testicle’s blood vessels, causing bleeding and/or bruising.
Torsion: The spermatic cord is a tube that goes from the abdomen to the testicle. Torsion refers to any time when this tube is twisted. This can also happen without injury.
Dislocation: Dislocation refers to an event where the testicle is pushed out the scrotum. This is common in motorcycle crashes.
Epididymitis: The epididymis is the tube that holds sperm after leaving the testicle. Sometimes, the epididymis can become infected or inflamed, referred to as epididymitis.
Degloving: This type of injury refers to when the scrotum is torn off the testicles.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Obviously, testicular trauma causes extreme pain to the testicles. However, there are other symptoms of testicular injury as well. Some men experience nausea, swelling, fever, difficulty urinating, and bruising. To diagnose your testicular injury, your doctor at Men’s Vitality Center will discuss with you how it happened, how you feel, and if you have had previous issues with your testicles. In addition to a physical exam, you may need an ultrasound, MRI, or exploratory surgery.
Depending on the nature of the injury, it can be treated several ways. Common treatments include icing the area, rest, anti-inflammatory and pain medications, antibiotics, and supportive underwear. In some injuries, such as torsion or dislocation, surgery may be necessary.
Prevention of Injury
While injury is not always avoidable, there are steps you can take to prevent testicular injury.
- Wear a jockstrap during exercise. During sports such as baseball or martial arts, wear a comfortable, fitted protective cup as well.
- Always wear your seatbelt in a vehicle.
- Be mindful of machinery. Avoid wearing loose clothing, and always follow the safety rules.
- Practice caution while using a motorcycle or bicycle.
If you experience testicular injuries, you need a men’s health clinic that can help. Contact Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale right away.