Women's Health Services

Urinary Incontinence

Have you ever said, "I laughed so hard I wet my pants?" Urine leakage, or urinary incontinence, is not a laughing matter. It is a common condition, affecting millions of women, with several treatment options, including physical therapy.

Laughing Woman
Don’t laugh! It could happen to you. But you
DON’T have to live with the uncomfortable
effects of urinary incontinence.

What are the causes?

Many factors can contribute to urinary incontinence. They may include child birth, hormonal changes, nerve damage, weak muscles, excess weight or infections. It can affect women of all ages, from young athletes to the elderly.

How do I know if I have urinary incontinence?

  • Do you leak when you laugh, cough, exercise or change positions?
  • Do you run to the bathroom several times a day?
  • Do you leak urine after a strong, sudden urge to urinate?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may have urinary incontinence. Talk to your health care provider to find out.

What are my treatment options?

There are several treatment options based on your specific needs. Treatment can range from conservative options such as medication and physical therapy to nerve stimulation and surgery. Talk to your doctor about what option is best for you.

How can physical therapy help me?

With a physician’s referral, a physical therapist will provide a thorough evaluation to determine the best course of treatment, including:

  • Bladder retraining
  • Behavioral modification
  • Diet changes
  • Exercise programs for the pelvic floor muscles and pelvic girdle
  • Aerobic reconditioning for weight loss
  • Biofeedback or electrical stimulation

To learn more about how physical therapy can help you with urinary incontinence, call Kimball Ridge Rehabilitation Services at 319.272.7200.