Millions of people suffer from involuntary loss of bladder or bowel contents. This condition, called incontinence, affects people of all ages and often leads to embarrassment, avoidance of social activities, decreased physical activity, depression, and can even interfere with employment. Fremont Health offers help for bladder or bowel control problems through physical therapy facilitated by specially trained physical therapists.
There are several types of urinary incontinence, but in general, incontinence refers to the leakage of urine at inappropriate times.
Stress incontinence is leakage of small amounts of urine when there is increased pressure on the bladder. This can happen with exercise or with sneezing, coughing, lifting or other activities. Women with stress incontinence often have “under active” pelvic floor muscles. Causes of under active pelvic floor muscles include:
Urge incontinence is the leakage of medium to large amounts of urine when a person feels a sudden strong urge to urinate. Some of the possible causes of urge incontinence are:
Because many symptoms of urinary incontinence are caused by pelvic floor muscle weakness and dysfunction, a specially-trained women’s health physical therapist is the ideal provider to help you gain control over your symptoms. (Many treat men with urinary incontinence as well). Physical therapists use their specialized medical training to completely evaluate and design a treatment program that is individualized for each patient.
Physical therapy can:
Physical therapy treatment may include:
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