Incontinence (Urine Leakage)

Women of all ages suffer from Incontinence. The good thing is that there is something you can do about it! You can see a Pelvic Rehab Physical Therapist who can help you gain control again.

There are different types of Urinary Incontinence.

  • The most common type is Stress Urinary Incontinence ( SUI) which is the leaking that occurs when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or exercise. It is common in women after pregnancy and as we go through Menopause. It is the result of weak Pelvic Floor muscles.
  • Urge incontinence or Frequency is a sudden quick urge with some urinary leakage. It is when the bladder muscle is overactive. It is often associated with hearing running water, cold temperatures or getting close to a toilet. Several things that we eat and drink can affect urinary frequency.
  • Mixed incontinence is a combination of the two types above.
  • Overflow incontinence is present when the bladder is underactive and continues to fill up too much. It is common with some neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis. It is when the bladder fills excessively and then leaks.
  • Functional Incontinence is when a person is physically unable to get to the bathroom, and remove clothing in time to urinate. Such as experienced in the aging population.
  • Enuresis is the loss of urine at night when sleeping, caused by the bladder contracting, but the person does not feel it causing bedwetting. A bed wetting device as well as Physical Therapy can help.

How does Physical Therapy help with Incontinence???

Our Physical Therapist trained in treating pelvic floor disorders will be able to discuss with you which options would be best for eliminating the problem. The first visit will probably include some questions about your symptoms, medical history, childbirth history and your activities. Then some screening tests to look at your back for posture, strength of the core muscles and then lastly a pelvic floor exam to check for any prolapses and to check the muscle strength of the pelvic floor.
There are many other options for treatment if the therapist deems they are necessary. These options include biofeedback, estim, and vaginal weights. All patients are set up with an individual program for their home exercises and are taught helpful tips in every day activites to reduce the risk of urinary incontinence. Men and women can benefit from being taught how to perform the pelvic floor exercises and perform them effectively. They often don’t need any other options for treatment once they have learned how to do their home program well.

To begin your treatment contact us for an appointment today.

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