Incontinence and Men,
how physiotherapy can help?
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What is urinary incontinence and what types of incontinence are there?
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. There are a few different types of incontinence, however, two of the most common are stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence is when leakage occurs due to pressure being placed on the bladder from activities such as coughing, sneezing, lifting or exercising. Urge incontinence is leakage of urine with a sudden urge to pass urine.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy can help to determine what type of incontinence you may have and what the cause may be. Each men's pelvic health appointment begins with a thorough history and assessment.
Stress incontinence can often be managed well through good pelvic floor muscle function. The pelvic floor muscles help with bladder control. Real time ultrasound can be used to assess your pelvic floor function, and a pelvic floor training program can be tailored to suit your specific needs. As strength, motor control and speed of the muscle improve, often urinary continence levels also improve.
Urge incontinence requires a thorough history to determine if there is a predisposing factor causing the urinary urgency and leakage. The sudden sensation of urge is often caused by the bladder muscle contracting. With this condition we need to help you to regain control over your bladder. The most common treatment for urge incontinence is a bladder training program including ways to make the bladder muscle stop contracting, along with fluid management.
It is important to seek help for men's pelvic health conditions to prevent them from worsening over time as well as to improve overall quality of life.
If you need advice one of our team members in the Shire (Woolooware), Bondi Junction and Cammeray can help you!