Bladder Dysfunction

bladder dysfunctionInformation
There are many different types of bladder dysfunction, the most common and bothersome of which is incontinence. Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine and has a reported prevalence of up to 30% in women (though the actual prevalence is likely greater than due to under reporting to health professionals). There can be an assumption that incontinence is ‘normal’ or an expected experience at certain times of life, such as post-menopause or post-partum. However just because something is common does not mean that it should just be accepted as your lot in life – we can help you to get and feel better.

Some Causes of Bladder Dysfunction:
As mentioned above, bladder dysfunction can be caused due to changes in the body during certain stages of life. There are three main types of incontinence – stress, urge and mixed. Stress incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine on effort, physical exertion, sneezing or coughing. This is the most common type of urinary incontinence reported, up to 49% of cases. Urge incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine accompanied by or immediately preceded by urgency, a strong desire to void. Mixed urinary incontinence is as the name suggests, involuntary leakage associated with urgency and also with effort, exertion, sneezing and coughing. Mixed incontinence can account for up to 29% of urinary incontinence complaints.

Treatment Methods:
There are many interventions available for continence complaints: conservatively, medically and surgically. Your Women’s Health Physiotherapist can help guide you in the rehabilitation process and advise you as to the most appropriate interventions for your complaint. We treat all patients on a case-by-case basis to ensure that you get the best and most appropriate care and treatment for your particular needs. Our Women’s Health Physiotherapy Service is led by female Chartered Physiotherapists and they will be who treats you for this condition.

What we can do for you:
Your Women’s Health Physiotherapist plays an important role in your rehabilitation. They can advise on lifestyle changes and interventions that can alleviate your symptoms, providing reassurance and accurate information in your recovery. Pelvic floor exercises are a core aspect of incontinence rehabilitation and need to be taught by an appropriate health professional. Bladder retraining is also used and taught, particularly for an urge urinary incontinence complaint.

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