Can Sitting for a Long Time Cause Testicular Pain/Orchialgia?

Posted on March 26, 2024 by root

Testicular pain, known as orchialgia in medical terms, can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury or trauma to the testicles, infections such as epididymitis or orchitis, testicular torsion, a hernia, kidney stones and certain medical conditions such as prostatitis or varicocele. But can something as benign as sitting for too long cause testicular pain? You may be surprised.

What Are the Symptoms of Testicular Pain?

Testicular pain can feel like a throbbing, pulling, aching or burning sensation that can spread to areas like the lower back or upper thighs. Additional symptoms can include swelling or redness, nausea or vomiting, painful or burning urination, blood in semen or urine, painful intercourse or ejaculation and penile discharge.

Pain may worsen with activities like lifting or exercising. Some men may experience pain only when touching or examining the testicles, and chronic testicular pain can affect one or both sides, intermittently or constantly. Any persistent testicular pain should be evaluated by a Men’s Health Specialist like Justin Houman, MD, in Los Angeles.

Can Orchialgia Really Occur from Long Periods of Sitting Down?

Testicular pain and discomfort can occur when you sit down, especially if you’re sitting in an uncomfortable chair or a chair that is too small or too hard. Many men work in sedentary professions where prolonged sitting is normal, such as in offices or driving long distances. Long periods of sitting can also cause your testicles to become overheated, leading to pain and discomfort.

To avoid testicular pain while sitting:

  • Sit in a comfortable chair that is the right size for your body
  • Take regular breaks from sitting and move around every hour or so
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing with enough room for movement

If these measures do not alleviate your discomfort, you should see Dr. Houman for an evaluation. Over time, too much sitting may have caused some damage or issues to develop that require professional treatment.

Treatments for Testicular Pain

The treatment for testicular pain depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, self-care measures like taking painkillers and applying a warm compress can provide relief. However, if the pain is severe or persistent, you should see Dr. Houman and his team for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Some common treatment options for testicular pain include:

  • Lifestyle changes like wearing supportive underwear or avoiding activities that exacerbate the pain
  • Antibiotics to treat infections
  • Medication to treat underlying medical conditions like epididymitis or prostatitis
  • Surgery to correct testicular torsion or varicocele

Los Angeles Testicular Pain Relief

Contact the office of Justin Houman, MD, in Los Angeles if testicular pain persists or becomes more uncomfortable over time. He can perform tests and examinations to determine the underlying cause and recommend a treatment plan to alleviate pain and any related medical problems. Request a consultation using our online form or contact us by calling (310) 854-9898 to schedule an exam.

Posted on behalf of Justin Houman MD

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