Pelvic pain and dysfunction is more common than you might think. Many men and women have chronic pelvic pain but don’t realize it or seek medical care. Maintaining good pelvic health is important for normal urinary, bowel, abdominal and sexual function. Treatment helps individuals gain optimal functioning of the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue that support pelvic organs.
Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation offers a Pelvic Health Program with a licensed team of experts who provide an individualized approach to relieve pelvic pain and dysfunction. Allison Abramson, a physical therapist with Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, discusses urge incontinence, which is a common pelvic condition.
What is urge incontinence?
Allison: Urge incontinence is an uncontrolled loss of urine that occurs when you have the sudden urge to urinate.
Is urge incontinence normal? What causes it?
Allison: Urge incontinence is common, but it is not normal. There often is not an identifiable cause for urge incontinence, but some causes can include:
- Inflammation of the bladder
- Nervous system disorders
- Nerve injury
- Bladder stones
- Urethral obstruction
What can I do about it?
Allison: A pelvic health physical therapist can teach you behavioral modifications and help you learn how to defer the urge. Some of which include: diaphragmatic breathing, stretching of the muscles around the pelvis and stretching and or strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.
Based on the examination your therapist will prescribe exercises and strategies to treat your symptoms. In many cases, patients will see improvement within the first few weeks of implementing the exercises and strategies.