The loss control over bladder is a common and really embarrassing problem. The severity varies from occasional leakage of urine when you sneeze or cough to having urinary urge that too so strong and sudden, even you cannot reach you toilet in time.

Though it happens more with elderly people, urinary incontinence is not at all an inevitable consequence of getting aged. If urinary incontinence impacts your routine activities, don’t shy to see a doctor.Problem of control over bladder can be embarrassing, but identifying the exact cause can increase the chance of getting situation under control.Incontinence itself is not a disease, but it can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.

Types of urinary incontinence

  • Stress incontinence: Leakage of urine while coughing, laughing, or doing activity, such as jumping or running.
  • Urge incontinence: There is very sudden and intense urge to urinate, and leakage of urine at the same time or just after.
  • Overflow incontinence: The failure to empty the bladder completely can result into the leakage
  • Total incontinence: When bladder fails to store urine at all.
  • Functional incontinence: Leakage of urine because a person cannot reach the bathroom in time, probably because of mobility issue.
  • Mixed incontinence: A combination of multiple types among above mentioned

 

Prevention

Urinary incontinence isn’t preventable all the times. However, to help reduce your risk:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Practice pelvic floor exercises
  • Avoid bladder irritants, such as caffeine, alcohol and acidic foods
  • Eat more fiber, which can prevent constipation, a cause of urinary incontinence
  • Don’t smoke, or seek help to quit smoking

 

Treatment with physical therapy

Physical therapy can help you to be more aware of and in control of your pelvic muscles. Physical therapists of SOS PHYSIO can really help you by suggesting exercises tailored for your lifestyle, hence you can continue to strengthen your pelvic muscles till physiotherapy ends. Majority of pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels are very simple, convenient and completely appropriate for persons of any age or fitness level.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic

 

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