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Urinary incontinence in any form is the most undiagnosed condition mainly because it is not talked about by over 30 million adults.
Incontinence is defined as the involuntary loss of bladder control-or as we call them, ”accidents”. This condition displayed through urinary frequency or loss of control while sneezing or coughing affects men and women, young and old and makes us feel uncomfortable and humiliated. However, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Millions of people (30 million to be exact) deal with some type of urinary incontinence.
There are many treatment opportunities for incontinence through therapy available at your disposal. Don’t depend on your sanitation napkin or brief to get you through. Treat and manage the problem of incontinence from the inside out through therapy and medication.
Along with leakage of urine includes:
Urgency: A strong desire to urinate, even when the bladder is not full. This is sometimes accompanied by pelvic discomfort or pain.
Frequency: Urinating more than six to eight times a day or more than once every two hours (with normal fluid intake).
Nocturia: Awakening from sleep because of the urge to urinate. This can vary with age and is not necessarily abnormal unless it occurs regularly more than two or more times a night.
Urinary Incontinence is NOT a normal part of the aging process. There are many factors that can lead to urinary incontinence.
- Bladder Infection
- Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles
- Cigarette Smoking
- Chronic Illness/Cough
- Caffeine Intake
- Hormonal Changes
- Pregnancy & Childbirth
- Neuromuscular Disorders
- Improper Lifting
The Right Treatment for You
Knowing that you don’t have to live with incontinence is half the battle. Discussing your problem with a health care professional that is knowledgeable in evaluating and treating incontinence is the next step. It may not have to be a urologist, you may be able to have treatment prescribed by your family physician.
Then you’ll be ready for your therapy team to customize an individualized treatment program that works best for your type of incontinence.
How Can Therapy Help?
- Education about the bladder, pelvic floor muscles and normal emptying technique
- Pelvic Exercises
- Specialized Programs to fit your needs
If you battle the effects of urinary incontinence, call our therapy department today so we can help you get back into control.