Very many people have some kind of bladder control issue but are unsure if it is normal or if it requires medical attention.
Bladder control issues are very common, but are not a normal part of aging despite what the public is often led to believe.
Take the first step toward taking control of your pelvic health by completing this short quiz:
1. Are you using the bathroom so often that it disrupts your day?
2. Do you find yourself making a mental note of where all the bathrooms are when you enter the building?
3. Do you find it hard to make it to the bathroom in time? Are you having accidents on the way there?
4. Do you feel that when you have to go, you have to go now?
5. Are you worried that you will leak while sneezing, coughing, lifting heavy objects, or even laughing?
6. Are you experiencing pressure in your vagina, especially after standing for long periods?
7. Has your urine stream become weak or turned into a spray?
8. Have tampons become too uncomfortable to use, or do they fall out?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, consider calling us to get a consultation about available physical therapy treatment options for bladder control.
Most adult women will experience some kind of bladder control issue at some point in their life. 25 million Americans have urinary bladder control issues which can leave them feeling ashamed, socially isolated, and depressed. Patients need to know that there are options other than pads, diapers, medication, or surgery. At least 85% of cases will have a chance of complete resolution with pelvic floor physical therapy.
Bladder control issues can be treated successfully. At Lilly Physical Therapy, here in Edmonds, we spend a great deal of time with each individual patient to determine the best course of treatment. Strengthening exercises such as Kegels might be an appropriative starting point for the patient. In some cases, alignment of bony structures of the pelvis need to be corrected first, to decrease bladder irritation. In other cases, the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles need to be re-educated to learn how to relax before learning how to contract. Learning to alter behavior first can make a difference in effective treatment. By teaching patients how to change behaviors, improve muscle function with biofeedback technology and other physical therapy techniques, patients gain control and manage to resolve bladder issues safely and quickly.
Call us today: 425.224.2476
24007 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, Washington 98026