One of the great concerns for women, especially as they get older, is bladder control. Even small accidents can be embarrassing and humiliating when they occur in public. In most cases, weakened or damaged muscles are the cause of leakage. Incontinence issues are more likely to occur in older people; however, they can affect women of all ages. The good news is, there are treatments available to help with incontinence issues.
This type of incontinence does not have anything to do with emotional stress, although it can cause emotional stress when it happens. Rather, it occurs when physical strain, or stress, is put on the muscles involved. When abdominal pressure is put on the bladder, a small amount of urine may leak out, even though you may not feel the need to urinate. Stress incontinence occurs when you laugh, cough or jump.
When either the urethral sphincter, the pelvic floor muscles or both of them are weak, or if they have been damaged, they cannot hold in urine adequately. Pressure from abdominal muscles on the bladder will cause leakage. This type of incontinence is often seen in women who have given birth vaginally.
Also known as overactive bladder, urge incontinence happens when you have a strong urge to urinate even though your bladder is not full. This type of incontinence can be very disruptive to a person’s life. It happens to both men and women.
The bladder muscle – the detrusor – begins to contract, which sends a signal to the brain that you need to urinate. Sometimes the urgency is so strong that you are unable to reach a bathroom in time. The overactive bladder may be the result of physical problems such as damage to the brain, spine or the nerves that feed into the bladder. An accident, diabetes or infection can cause the problem.
Therapy for Incontinence
There are several options for helping relieve incontinence issues. Physical therapy has helped many women overcome this embarrassing condition. Adopting a comprehensive rehabilitation plan with a trained physical therapist can produce satisfactory results in resolving the problem. Exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, biofeedback and electrical stimulation are just a few of the treatments available for addressing incontinence issues.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
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Atlanta, GA 30342
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