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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine beyond our control. This ranges from occasionally leaking when sneezing or coughing to the complete inability to control urination.

typical causes:

Incontinence, while often seen as a singular issue, can stem from a variety of causes, each presenting unique challenges to those affected. Stress incontinence, for instance, results from increased physical pressure on the bladder leading to unintentional leakage during activities such as coughing, sneezing, or exercising. In contrast, urge incontinence arises from a sudden, often overwhelming, need to urinate, usually triggered by something like the sound of running water or the act of unlocking a door—a phenomenon known as ‘key-in-lock’ syndrome. When individuals experience symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence, it is referred to as mixed incontinence, reflecting the complex nature of the condition. Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder fails to fully empty during urination, leading to subsequent leakage, while neurogenic incontinence is due to a disconnect between the bladder muscles and the nervous system, disrupting normal communication and control. Understanding these diverse types is crucial for diagnosing and effectively treating urinary incontinence.

how physical therapy can help:

Physical therapy, especially when focused on the pelvic floor, offers a targeted approach to managing and potentially overcoming incontinence. A skilled pelvic floor physical therapist evaluates your condition comprehensively, identifying the underlying causes of your incontinence. The physical therapist will develop a personalized treatment program tailored to your body’s specific needs. This program may include exercises designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, techniques to improve coordination between muscle contractions and breathing, and strategies for better pressure management within the abdomen and pelvis. The therapist may also assess for signs of pelvic floor tension or dysfunction, addressing these issues through therapeutic interventions.

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Exercises to reduce pain:

Physical therapy is a crucial and effective treatment option for various conditions related to pain. Whether it's chronic, post-surgery, or sports injury, physical therapy aims to not only alleviate pain but also strengthen and improve range of movement. Below are some low-impact at-home exercises that can help alleviate your pain:

  • Yoga and Pilates stretches - Increase flexibility and reduce stiffness in joints
  • Walking - Provides muscles with oxygen
  • Strength Training with small weights - Increase balance strength

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