Urinary Incontinence in Women

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Can physiotherapy help in female urinary incontinence?

Urinary Incontinence

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary Incontinence is defined as involuntary or inappropriate passing of urine that has an impact on social functioning and hygiene. Incontinence of urine is a symptom or a sign with a cause; not a condition or disease. It is very commonly seen in females as they grow older.

Anatomy

Our bladder is supported by a system of muscles The sphincter encircles urethra, the tube that carries urine outside your body. The detrusor is muscle of bladder which allows bladder to expand. Pelvic floor muscles also help support urinary bladder and urethra and assist in urinary continence.

Physiology

When Sphincter and Pelvic Floor are weak, it is difficult to contract these muscles leading to Incontinence.

Causes

  • Weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Post pregnancy
  • Postmenopausal
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Post uterus removal
  • Obesity
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Diabetes
  • Medications
  • Urinary tract infection
    

Do you have any of these?

  • Stress Incontinence – Involuntary passing of urine with sudden increase of pressure on bladder as with coughing , sneezing, laughing ,exercise, heavy lifting.
  • Urge Incontinence – Involuntary passing of urine associated with sudden strong desire to pee associated with overactive urinary bladder
  • Mixed Incontinence – Involuntary leakage associated with a combination of urge and stress.
  • Functional Incontinence – Involuntary passing of urine associated with cognitive, behavioural or mobility difficulties in a person that impair the ability to use toilet but without failure of bladders capacity for storage and emptying.
  • Overflow – Involuntary passing of urine due to loss of bladder muscle function strength.
    

Pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises also known as KEGELS exercises help you control urinary continence.

We at PhysioRehab conduct special women’s health program for females with incontinence problems by detailed assessment and specific evaluation followed by tailor made program providing a guideline for a leak free life


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