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What is Urinary Incontinence?
There are several types of urinary incontinence, but in general incontinence refers to the leakage of urine at inappropriate times.

  • Stress incontinence is leakage of small amounts of urine when there is increased pressure on the bladder. This can happen with exercise or with sneezing, coughing, lifting or other activities.
  • Urge incontinence is the leakage of medium to large amounts of urine when a person feels a sudden strong urge to urinate.
  • Mixed Incontinence includes symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence.
  • Functional Incontinence is urine leakage that occurs when a person can not get to the toilet in time.

How can physical therapy help?
Our specially trained physical therapists will evaluate and design a treatment program that is individualized for each patient.

Physical Therapy can:

  • Give you control over your life and your bladder
  • Save money and embarrassment by allowing less use of pads and undergarments
  • Reduce use of medications for incontinence
  • Possibly prevent the need for surgery

Physical Therapy Treatment may include

  • Education on diet and nutrition to avoid food and drinks that may irritate the bladder
  • Advice on how to change behaviors that make symptoms worse
  • Techniques to help you find the right muscles and learn to use them correctly
  • Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles
  • Exercises to stretch and strengthen other important muscles
  • Ways to decrease urinary urge and frequency
  • Biofeedback that shows you how your muscles are working

Who Should be Referred to a Women’s Health Physical Therapist?

Those with:

  • Trouble leaking urine during normal daily activities
  • Urine leakage with sneezing, coughing, or laughing
  • Trouble starting the urine stream
  • Trouble holding urine when feeling a strong urge to go
  • Trouble with frequent urination (more than every 3-4 hours during the day, up more than once to urinate at night)
  • Trouble getting to the bathroom because of other problems such as knee or hip pain or balance problems

Contact us for more information or to set up an appointment today!