What is Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a term used to describe poor bladder control.
There are different types of incontinence:
- Do you experience loss of urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, wash your hands, put a key in the door?
- Do you wake up more than two or three times a night to void?
- Do you feel like an organ is falling out?
- Do you have tailbone pain?
There are several steps you can take to help prevent symptoms.
- Bracing the pelvic floor muscles when you cough, laugh or sneeze.
- Keep a bladder and bowel diary recording voiding frequency, fluid intake, urgency and incontinence episodes to assist your healthcare provider in spotting any potential problems or trends.
- Avoid common irritants
- Exercise correctly
- Peform exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, abdominal and hip muscles
Physical Therapists Can Help You By:
- Educating you about your bladder, bowel, pelvic floor muscles and normal emptying techniques.
- Giving you exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, hip and core muscles.
- Diet modifications and behavior retraining
- Relaxation manual therapy techniques
- Referral to nutrition counseling
- Electrical stimulation for pain management and strengthening
If your muscles are very weak, your physical therapist may also use EMG/Biofeedback or electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor muscles.
Biofeedback is a painless method of monitoring the electrical activity of your pelvic floor muscles using a computerized system which allows you to view the quality and quantity of your pelvic floor contraction. This provides instant feedback on how to effectively strengthen this muscle group.
Additional treatment may be recommended by your physician such as medication to treat infection, stop abnormal bladder muscle contractions, replace hormones, dietary modifications, or surgery to correct the bladder position.
Gollier Rehabilitation & Wellness Center
901 S. Main St.
Ottawa, KS 66067
Office: (785) 229-8343
Fax: (785) 229-8344
Director of Rehabilitation Services:
Bill Pfizenmaier, MS, PT, ATCL:
Office: (785) 229-3364