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Physical Therapy Can Resolve Urinary Incontinence; Up to 25% of Women Affected

Women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence, can find relief from physical therapy. A 2008 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that up to 25% of American women experience problems related to pelvic floor health.

Pelvic floor and bladder training are effective treatments, according to a study from the same year in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Studies have demonstrated that physical therapy can help manage, if not resolve, this condition.

“People may think this only happens with older women,” said Michelle Dickson, a physical therapist at Impact Physio, “but it can happen to men and women of any age. Involuntary loss of bladder control may cause people who experience it to avoid social settings or feel depressed. We can help, restoring their sense of control and confidence.”

A physical therapy evaluation can help determine the type of incontinence that is occurring. Stress incontinence involves release of urine when performing an activity that requires physical exertion. Urge incontinence involves loss of bladder control when the sensation to urinate is present.

“Once we determine the type of incontinence, we can assess the strength, motor control and endurance of pelvic floor muscles. We can also evaluate the patient for the presence of other musculoskeletal issues to create an individualized exercise program for the patient,” Michelle added.

Impact Physio offers a range of women’s services in addition to pelvic floor health. For more information, call 570-319-6903.

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