Ask the Expert: What are some treatments for urinary incontinence?
Do you leak urine when getting up from a chair, coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking, bending, lifting or jumping? Do you feel like you need to empty your bladder frequently, but discover you only go a small amount? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you may want to talk with your health provider and consider physical therapy.
Incontinence is not a normal part of aging. Sometimes after childbirth, menopause, or for other reasons the muscles of the pelvic area weaken or spasm. This can result in incontinence or pain. You don’t have to “just live with it.” In most cases, incontinence and pelvic pain can be successfully treated and improved.
Physical Therapist Kara Gillund from UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Therapy Plus in Marion has advanced training in these treatment options.
Gillund shares, “Some patients report they were instructed to perform pelvic floor strengthening but they were not sure if they were exercising the right muscles and gave up after just a few weeks.”
Physical therapy can teach exercise and behavioral treatment options for pelvic floor tension and pain, stress, urge and mixed urinary incontinence, and orthopedic problems of the pelvis or low back.
Physical therapists traditionally prescribe and direct exercise programs to strengthen muscles weakened by disuse or injury. The same exercises are used in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.
To learn more about the pelvic floor muscles and available treatment options, contact your primary care provider or call our Marion Therapy Plus at (319) 286-4346.