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Don’t Make Me Laugh, I’ll Pee My Pants…

Don’t Make Me Laugh, I’ll Pee My Pants…

I’ve heard this phrase more times than I can count. Unfortunately, too many men and women consider urinary incontinence a normal part of life. Let me be the first to tell you that no matter your age, urinary incontinence of any kind is NOT normal.

Urinary incontinence is a condition in which urine is involuntarily excreted due to a lack of control over the urinary sphincter (the two muscles that control the exit of urine).

It may be time to come see us if you are experiencing any of the following urinary incontinence signs & symptoms:

  • Sudden urge to urinate that results in unintentional urination before reaching a restroom
  • Urine leakage when placing stress on the bladder such as when coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising
  • An inability to fully empty the bladder, which may result in constant dripping of urine
  • Sporadic leakages of large amounts of urine

Types of Urinary Incontinence

Types of Urinary Incontinence

There are different types of urinary incontinence; however, the treatment plan is often similar for each type of incontinence.

  • Functional Incontinence: You cannot make it to the restroom in time due to a limitation (such as a bad back, bad knees, etc.) and cannot hold your bladder for the extra amount of time it takes you to reach the restroom.
  • Overflow Incontinence: You experience a constant dripping of urine because your bladder cannot empty completely when you use the restroom

  • Stress Incontinence: You experience a urine leakage when you place stress on the bladder, such as when sneezing, coughing, laughing, lifting a heavy object, or exercising

  • Urge Incontinence: You experience an urgent need to urinate, which results in urination before reaching a restroom. If you have urge incontinence, you may also urinate frequently. People with urge incontinence often experience sleeping problems due to a need to urinate several times during the night.

  • Mixed Incontinence: You experience more than one of the above types of incontinence. Mixed incontinence is common among people who have incontinence.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence & How Is It Treated?

What Causes Urinary Incontinence & How Is It Treated?

Urinary incontinence is caused by a lack of control over the urinary sphincter.

You may experience this lack of control for various reasons; however, most cases of urinary incontinence in otherwise healthy adults arise from muscle or nerve damage in the pelvic region or weak pelvic floor muscles.

Unfortunately, urinary incontinence is usually treated incorrectly!

Many medical providers don’t address the weakness of the pelvic floor muscles which is the underlying cause of incontinence.

Pelvic floor physical therapy is the best treatment for most cases of urinary incontinence because it fixes the cause rather than just the symptoms.

Pelvic floor physical therapists will find that loose or weak muscles are responsible for urinary incontinence; however, they may run further testing to verify that the incontinence is not due to more serious issues such as an infection.

Our urinary incontinence treatments include:

  • Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
  • Biofeedback
  • Taping
  • Patient Education

Our Approach to Treating Urinary Incontinence

Our Approach to Treating Urinary Incontinence

  • Pelvic Floor Strengthening Exercises- Just like we would hit the gym to strengthen any other muscle in our body, we need to perform strengthening exercises for our pelvic floor muscles to make them stronger.

  • Biofeedback- Biofeedback is a technique in which sensors are placed near your pelvic floor muscles and on your abdomen to monitor how your pelvic floor muscles are functioning. Biofeedback will show a graph of your pelvic floor muscles on a computer screen as you practice pelvic floor exercises.

  • Taping- Your pelvic floor physical therapist may apply tape to support weak pelvic floor muscles. This tape can allow your pelvic floor muscles to function more efficiently and therefore reduce the severity of your incontinence.

  • Patient Education Your Pelvic floor physical therapists will answer any questions that you have about incontinence. They will also teach you how to modify certain activities and make specific lifestyle changes (such as adjusting their diet and reducing caffeine intake) to help eliminate incontinence.

Want Help to Decide if Urinary Incontinence Physical Therapy is Right For You?

Want Help to Decide if Urinary Incontinence Physical Therapy is Right For You?

Frequently Asked Questions About Urinary Incontinence

Frequently Asked Questions About Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is not normal in menopause or at any other time. Chronic urinary incontinence can occur in woman AND men. You CAN get better…you just need the right treatment(s).

Most cases of urinary incontinence in otherwise healthy adults arise from muscle or nerve damage in the pelvic region or weak pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic floor physical therapy is an increasingly popular treatment choice among adults suffering from pelvic floor problems.

Men and women are choosing pelvic floor physical therapy because other treatments were unsuccessful or because they wish to avoid the complications and side effects of surgery and medications.

This is when a pelvic floor therapist helps you make the right diagnosis of your pain and symptoms. They adopt a non-invasive approach based no natural treatment to help you.

More people, including healthcare professionals, are considering pelvic floor physical therapy as a first-line treatment for pelvic floor disorders. This is because pelvic floor therapy is a natural and safe way to treat pelvic floor disorders.

A pelvic floor physical therapist is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in pelvic floor conditions.

Pelvic floor physical therapists have advanced training in the management and treatment of pelvic floor disorders, such as incontinence, prolapse bladder, pelvic pain, prenatal & postpartum issues.

A pelvic floor physical therapist’s primary goal is to help patients overcome pelvic floor problems and feel in control of their lives again.

The best way to get the most accurate diagnosis of urinary incontinence is to make an appointment with a pelvic floor physical therapist. Pelvic floor physical therapists can accurately determine what type of urinary incontinence you have and what is causing the incontinence.

Typically, pelvic floor physical therapists will find that loose or weak muscles are responsible for urinary incontinence; however, they may run further testing to verify that the incontinence is not due to more serious issues such as an infection.