How to gain control of your bladder through a safe, non-surgical program…
Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control, or the inability to predict when and where urination will occur. This problem is a common disorder experienced by as many as 20 million males and females of all ages. It often seems difficult to manage and many are of the mistaken belief that nothing can be done to correct it. Incontinence can lead to frustration, isolation and depression. The elderly find themselves placed in nursing homes when family members are no longer able to cope with the problems incontinence creates.
It’s not hopeless
Incontinence is not a hopeless condition. In and of itself, incontinence is not a disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition that affects men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Embarrassment, shame and a mistaken sense of futility about management of the problem can prevent people from seeking help. Incontinence is not a normal part of aging. Help is available.
Causes and types of incontinence
There are many causes of incontinence, including infections, pregnancy, surgery and being overweight. It can also be brought on by a variety of diseases, like diabetes, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
There are different types of incontinence
- Stress Incontinence – a small amount of urine is released by every day physical activities such as laughing, coughing and sneezing.
- Urge Incontinence – the urge to urinate comes on so suddenly that it is often impossible to reach a bathroom in time.
- Overflow incontinence – the bladder is constantly full, causing it to release small amounts of urine frequently.
- Reflex incontinence – the absenceof bladder control due to impaired nerve function.
Designed to meet your needs
At Southern Ohio Medical Center you will find a conservative approach to solving your incontinence problem. We advocate a program of exercise and surface EMG which has proven effective in helping many patients regain bladder control and in many cases, help reduce or eliminate the need for medications or surgery. The treatment is non-invasive and has no side effects. In cases where surgery in inevitable, therapy can be a part of the recovery process thus increasing the success of the surgery.
The exercises used in our therapy program are essential in strengthening the muscles that support the pelvic organs. When weakened or stretched, the muscles can cause or contribute to the problem of incontinence. The exercises taught are simple to do and play a major role in helping overcome incontinence.
Take the first step to bladder control
Whether you experience little accidents of wetting or major urine loss, you now have hope of regaining control without surgery or medication. Call the Rehabilitation Services of Southern Ohio Medical Center today at (740) 356-7632.