Don’t Suffer in Silence
The Women's Health for Incontinence program from Winchester Hospital/Orthopaedics Plus provides women with specific training to help relieve the effects of incontinence.
A physical therapist with specific incontinence training teaches women pelvic floor muscle exercises, which have been recommended as a first-line, conservative management program for women with stress, urge, or mixed urinary incontinence.
Stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse are all terms and conditions that can be associated with weakness of the pelvic floor muscles or an overactive bladder muscle. This can result in frequent urination and loss of bladder control.
An embarrassing episode can be triggered by a simple cough, laugh or sneeze. An estimated 13 million Americans are suffering from these symptoms – 31% of the women are between ages 42 and 50, and 38% are over age 60.
Unfortunately, only 5% of women with bladder problems consult their physician.
Physical Therapy as a Treatment Option
Physical therapy is a first-line approach to these conditions. Studies show that 79% of patients receiving pelvic floor muscle training improved sufficiently to avoid surgery.
Our physical therapists treat all muscles of the body including the muscles of the pelvic floor. After an initial evaluation, a treatment program will be devised. This may include pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback, vaginal weights and bladder training using a bladder diary.
Is Physical Therapy Right for You?
If you answer “yes” to any of the follow questions, physical therapy may be the right choice for you.
- Do you leak urine when you laugh or sneeze?
- Do you use the toilet more than every two to five hours or five to seven times per day?
- Do you have a feeling of pelvic heaviness or feeling of “falling out?”
Take the First Step Today
Speak with your doctor about a referral to Dina Kacandes, PT, at Winchester Hospital/Orthopaedics Plus at the Winchester office, 781-729-8833.
Winchester Hospital is recognized as one of the area’s most prominent obstetric hospitals, offering a 24-hour laborist program and a Special Care Nursery for newborns in need of specialized medical care.
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