Bladder Urgency & Incontinence
There are many concerns around bladder function where a Pelvic Floor Physio can help. Unfortunately, a large part of the population don't disclose their concerns to Health Professionals (in fact only 1 in 3 are believed to mention pelvic health concerns or seek help). That is why Pelvic Health Physio's are here to help you regain control.
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is one of the most common types of urinary incontinence, which Pelvic Floor Physio's treat. It is when person leaks urine involuntarily. The primary symptom of SUI is the loss of urine during physical activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising. SUI is more common in women than in men and can be caused for multiple reasons, such as; a weakness in the pelvic floor muscles, damage to the urethral sphincter, increased mobility of the bladder and urethra, bladder prolapse or overactive pelvic floor muscles. Other types of Incontinence include Urge Urinary Incontinence and Mixed.
It is important to note that some people may have mixed incontinence and have both stress and urge incontinence. Therefore, consult with a healthcare professional for a correct diagnosis and to rule out medical causes.
Treatment options for SUI include lifestyle changes, specific pelvic floor exercises prescribed by your Women’s Health Physio, pessary use or surgical procedures. Women’s health Physio’s typically will assess and tailor exercises based on your health and fitness goals. Sometimes, a pessary may be recommended based on your examination. A pessary is a medical silicone device and can be a useful tool to improve symptoms of leakage whilst still working towards your health goals.
Another common condition we help manage is bladder urgency. This is when a sudden urge to urinate can occur and be hard to control. Sometimes, it can result in the unintentional loss of urine after experiencing this "urgency." There are different forms of assessment and treatment which will be completed at your appointment and after, to help determine the best method of management. We will often require you to complete outcome measures such as a bladder diary and sometimes make changes to lifestyle. Other methods we sometimes will discuss with your Doctor include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (which we can provide) and also pharmacology or further investigations to determine causes.
Read more about Bladder Leakage with Running (at our blog) HERE