Have you ever said, "I laughed so hard I wet my pants?" Urine leakage, or urinary incontinence, is not a laughing matter. Sometimes described as having an overactive bladder, urinary incontinence is actually an involuntary release of urine and can have a wide range of severity depending on the individual. It is a common condition, affecting millions of women, with several treatment options, including physical therapy.
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What are the causes?
Many factors can contribute to the cause of 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.
Signs and symptoms of 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 for incontinence 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 or go to our urology service page for more information.