Urinary Incontinence

Women’s Health

Do you have urinary leakage when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or exercise?  If so, you are in a large sisterhood of women who suffer in silence.  A common misconception is that Urinary Incontinence(UI) is natural part of aging and nothing but surgery can be done about it.  This is far from the truth.  Actually, there are several non-invasive treatments.  One is the simple Kegel exercise.  If you are doing it correctly, no one can tell.  You can do this waiting in line, in the car, or while talking on the phone.  There also may be certain foods/fluids in your diet that are irritating your bladder.  If  you try limiting coffee intake and note a change in your symptoms, this could be a sign of an overactive bladder that is also responsive to Physical Therapy treatment and Kegel exercises.
The most important thing to know is that no one can help you if they don’t know that you are suffering.  Talk to your healthcare provider to make sure it is not something more serious.  Then consider a regimen of Kegel exercises.  The Women’s Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association has an informative site for information and finding clinicians.        www.womenshealthapta.org/index.cfm

Andrea Goldberger, PT
Women’s Health Lead Therapist