Incontinence affects millions of Americans of all age groups, but the problem is highly treatable
Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bowel or bladder control. Many people change their lifestyle in an effort to cope with the embarrassment and many suffer needlessly before they seek help.
Incontinence is treatable. According to the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 80% of those who suffer from incontinence can be successfully treated without surgery or drugs. Most patients are 50-75% improved within just six visits.
Could you use continence therapy?
- Do you have a frequent and sudden uncontrollable need to urinate?
- Do you have difficulty starting your urine stream?
- Are you constantly dribbling small amounts of urine?
- Have you been treated for multiple urinary infections?
- Do you lose urine while coughing, laughing, sneezing, lifting or running?
- Does the loss of urine or feces affect your quality of life?
If you answered yes to any one of these questions, talk to your doctor about incontinence. Your doctor will help you identify the cause and recommend treatment options.
Aurora BayCare’s continence program is staffed by physical therapists who have been specially trained in issues involved with urinary control and pelvic pain. The program strives to provide individualized treatment with an emphasis on regaining control and function to allow comfortable and confident living.
What to Expect During Treatment
Successful treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis by a physician. After that, treatment recommendations may include physical therapy as a first line of care.
Our comprehensive incontinence program is rooted in the latest technology and research. Your one-on-one therapy sessions typically include:
- Education on anatomy and posture
- Education on proper bladder/bowel care
- Behavioral training (including biofeedback and electrical stimulation)
- Exercise instruction
- Dietary education
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Functional retraining
- Skin care
Physical Therapy for Incontinence
Physical therapy can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles—the muscles that control your urine. Your pelvic floor muscles are important for continence, sexual health, and general support for your pelvic organs. If these muscles become weakened or damaged, they need rehabilitation, just like any other damaged muscle.
Your physical therapy may include specific exercises to strength the pelvic floor, bladder retraining, and the use of biofeedback to restore healthy bladder habits.
Physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment option for incontinence. Most patients see improvement in just six weeks. You will begin to notice less urine leakage, less urge to urinate, and an overall improvement in your quality of life. You do not have to live with incontinence.