Presence St. Mary's Hospital

We offer a program aimed to treat those with bladder control problems and pelvic issues. Incontinence affects up to 17 million men and women in the United States.

Symptoms include:

  • A regular loss of urine
  • Noticeable leakage after any exertion
  • Uncontrollable wetting day or night

Causes:

  • Urinary-tract infection
  • Muscle weakness from having babies
  • Loss of hormones after menopause
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Involuntary bladder spasms
  • Surgery
  • Drug side effects
  • Obesity

Bladder control problems can be very debilitating and greatly affect your quality of life. Our physical therapy professionals can help determine your type of bladder issue and develop a plan of treatment that can improve your symptoms. The first step they use to determine treatment is to diagnose your bladder condition.

 

Types of Incontinence:

Stress Incontinence
Often stems from pelvic floor trauma such as pregnancy or childbirth. This causes small amounts of urine to leak during straining, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting or exercising.

Urge Incontinence
When the bladder contracts, the pressure increases giving you a sudden urge to urinate.

Mixed Incontinence
A combination of stress and urge incontinence.

Overactive Bladder (OAB)
Urinary urgency with or without urge incontinence. This issue often happens at night.

Our physical therapists will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your specific bladder issue.

 

Treatments include:

  • Manual therapy techniques to relax tight muscles and restore pelvic symmetry
  • Therapeutic exercises to strengthen, stretch or retrain muscles
  • Biofeedback treatments to improve body awareness
  • Education on posture, body mechanics, bladder and bowel health, general fitness and pre-or post-natal fitness
  • Dietary education

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