Urinary Incontinence is the accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder. Research indicates that the frequency of Urinary Incontinence is much higher than expected. Studies show that 2% to as much as 60% of people experience Urinary Incontinence at some stage in their lives. It is very common for men to experience Urinary Incontinence. Urinary Incontinence can often be associated with increasing age, cystitis, post-surgery, post trauma or following injury.
If you suffer from incontinence, you probably have two or more of the following symptoms:
- Involuntary loss of urine or a continuous leakage of urine from the bladder.
- A frequent and urgent need to urinate.
- A feeling that your bladder is constantly full or that it isn’t empty after urinating.
- Difficulty urinating even if you have the urge.
- Releases of urine triggered by movement or by coughing, sneezing, or laughing.
- The need to get up repeatedly at night to urinate
- A start-and-stop stream during urination.
Chartered Physiotherapists have a central role in treating incontinence. After a detailed assessment, our Men’s Health Physiotherapist may teach you exercises to strengthen the muscles that hold urine in the bladder, along with other techniques to retrain the bladder, lifestyle changes and advice to promote and maintain continence. You may also be asked to maintain a voiding diary and give details of your general medical history.
If the muscle strengthening exercises are proving ineffective for you, Biofeedback and Electrotherapy may be used to help activate and stimulate the muscles.
Our Physiotherapists can also prescribe a home based device to use as part of your treatment plan – INNOVO. INNOVO has been developed to treat the root cause of bladder weakness and not just the symptoms. To learn more, please click here.
There are two predominant types of Urinary Incontinence:
Stress incontinence - is the most common form of Urinary Incontinence that affects both men and women. Stress Incontinence is when the bladder leaks, perhaps with a cough or sneeze, or during light or strenuous activity that puts strain on the bladder. This is generally due to weakness in the Pelvic Floor muscles..
Urge Incontinence - involves a strong, sudden need to urinate. The bladder then contracts, leading to urine leakage. Urge Incontinence can affect both men and women.
In most cases, both types of Incontinence can be successfully treated by our Men’s health Physiotherapist using a series of simple yet effective muscle strengthening exercises.