“Urinary incontinence” is a technical term for leaking urine by accident. It is a common condition in the older population, but it can happen throughout the lifespan for a number of reasons. Though it is common, it is NOT normal. And pelvic health physical therapy can help!
Stress incontinence is one common type of incontinence. This occurs when there is an increase in pressure on the bladder and the muscles aren’t able to hold back the urine. This commonly occurs with activities such as exercising, lifting heavy objects, laughing, coughing, or sneezing. This is the most common type of bladder control problem in younger to middle-aged women.
Fortunately, urinary incontinence can be controlled and/or cured with the help of physical therapy. If you have been struggling with urinary incontinence and you are looking for help, contact FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers in the Dakota Dunes today to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated physical therapists. Our office is located just minutes from downtown Sioux City, IA.
Why am I experiencing stress incontinence?
There are several reasons why someone may leak urine. Sometimes it is related to urinary tract infection, vaginal infection, upper respiratory illness with a cough, or constipation. These leaking episodes tend to be short-term and may disappear on their own once the underlying issue is cleared up. Certain medications may even cause temporary bladder control problems. However, if your urinary incontinence persists, it may be due to a larger underlying condition, such as:
- Weak pelvic floor muscles
- Tight pelvic floor muscles
- Overactive bladder muscles
- Damaged bladder nerves, typically from diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s
- Damaged pelvic floor nerves, due to injury, childbirth, or surgery
- Difficulty getting to the bathroom in time, due to conditions such as arthritis
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Blockage from an enlarged prostate
- Benign prostate hyperplasia
How will physical therapy help?
At FYZICAL in Dakota Dunes, we know that living with urinary incontinence can be limiting – and even embarrassing at times, especially when it occurs in a social situation. Our physical therapists are dedicated to improving your pelvic health, quality of life, and socialization, so you can get back to loving your life.
When you arrive for your initial appointment, one of our doctors of physical therapy will take a detailed history and perform a physical examination to determine the strength of your pelvic floor. Your physical exam, along with an evaluation of your medical history and discussion of your symptoms, will help in determining the best route for your treatment plan. Typical treatments for those dealing with urinary incontinence typically include:
- Increasing strength, stability, and endurance of the core, transverse abdominals, hip muscles, and pelvic floor.
- Increasing coordination of muscle firing between the pelvic floor and core.
- The use of biofeedback for pelvic floor training and re-education.
- Performing strengthening exercises in functional and dynamic positions.
- Improving posture/positions.
- Modifying diet.
- Keeping a bladder diary and log.
- Participating in an exercising/walking/mobility program.
- Participating in functional activities.
- Participating in a home exercise program and instruction.
If you, or someone you are caring for, are struggling with urinary incontinence and you are looking for help, contact us at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Dakota Dunes to schedule an appointment. One of our doctors of physical therapy will get you started on the path toward urinary control and relief! Learn to LOVE YOUR LIFE with better bladder control today!