Identifying the Causes of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease– it’s a symptom. According to experts at Mayo Clinic, there are several types of urinary incontinence, and identifying each correctly is important in order to address the potential causes.
Type: Stress Urinary Incontinence
- Definition: Leakage of urine when there is increased pressure on the bladder, which can happen with coughing, sneezing, laughing, or impactful exercise.
- Causes: Lack of support and weakness of the pelvic floor muscles.
- Potential contributing factors: pregnancy, childbirth, injury or trauma to the lower back/hips or tailbone, pelvic surgery, and deconditioning. Hip strength is also an important factor.
- Definition: Leakage of urine when a person feels a sudden urge to urinate
- Causes: Weak or ”under active” pelvic floor muscles, OR “Overactive” pelvic floor muscles, where the muscles are chronically held tight resulting in the shortening of the muscle and development of trigger points in both the muscle and fascia.
- Definition: Includes symptoms of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.
- Causes: Varied depending on the type.
- Definition: Occurs when the person cannot physically get to the toilet in time.
- Contributing factors: joint pain, general muscle weakness, difficulty with mobility, and dementia/confusion.
Debunking Urinary Incontinence Myths
Myth 1: Incontinence is just a normal part of aging.
Myth 2: Childbirth causes irreversible urinary incontinence.
Myth 3: You just have to live with urinary incontinence.
Solutions for Urinary Incontinence
Resources and Recommendations
In the process of addressing urinary incontinence, knowledge is power. Knowing the statistics and scope of their issues helps people normalize their condition, experts say, giving them the confidence to open the conversation with others and discover they are not alone. If urinary incontinence is seriously impacting your life, talk to a qualified expert who will provide an unbiased review of your options.
Above all, experts say, find someone with whom you feel comfortable and who will develop a comprehensive solution or program to address your goals.
While urinary incontinence is common, it is not normal. You can find a better quality of life and relieve your symptoms of bladder incontinence with the right Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist.
Dr. Laura Meihofer’s Pelvic Floor Therapy focuses on helping patients understand the source of their condition, find balance and retrain their pelvic floor muscles to regain control of their bladder functions. Patients will learn techniques to relax or strengthen pelvic floor muscles that control bladder functions.
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- Bladder Basics: How The Bladder Works and How to Work it
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- Your First Pelvic Floor PT Appointment: What To Expect & How to Prepare
- Smart Strategies To Handle Stress Urinary Incontinence
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