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Physical Therapy for Urinary & Bowel Incontinence in Women

Physical Therapy in Colorado Springs for Incontinence

Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates offers physical therapy programs for incontinence and other urinary and bowel dysfunctions. 

The unintentional loss of control of the bladder or bowel, or incontinence, is far more common than one would expect. It occurs among all age groups. Men and women both suffer from the problem, although loss of bladder control occurs more frequently among women. It is important to note that any loss of control is considered incontinence if it is unintentional and unacceptable to the patient. 

For decades, incontinence has been associated with embarrassment, shame, and silence. It is a quality of life issue and can be difficult to talk about. According to the World Health Organization, 200 million men and women worldwide have symptoms of incontinence. In the US, 13 million men and women suffer from the problem. Two out of three pregnant women report problems with incontinence. Unfortunately, only one in 12 seek help when it first occurs and only half ever seek treatment. 

Incontinence limits lifestyle in a variety of ways. Frequently, patients complain of social isolation and a fear of intimacy. The choice and type of clothing becomes limited. Many patients are reluctant to exercise. Frequent trips to the bathroom interrupt the normal sleep cycle and often limit the ability to travel. The loss of control of life is the most common impact of incontinence. 

Our Physical Therapists will evaluate your specific conditions and develop an individualized treatment plan to address the issues and prevent re-occurrence. There is no longer a reason to suffer the indignity of incontinence when highly successful treatment is available. 

The Facts About Incontinence: 

  • The World Health Organization estimates 200 million men and women worldwide have symptoms of incontinence.

  • 13 million Americans – men and women – suffer from incontinence.

  • 67% of women had some issues of incontinence while pregnant.

  • 1 in 12 seek help for incontinence when it first occurs and only half ever seek treatment. 

Common Limitations: 

  • Frequently results in social isolation.

  • Limits the choice and type of clothing.

  • Reluctance to exercise due to loss of control.

  • Inability to travel due to the need for frequent stops to void.

  • Frequent trips to the bathroom interrupt the normal sleep cycle.

  • Fear of intimacy due to the embarrassment of loss of bladder control.

 Common Causes of Incontinence: 

  • Pelvic floor muscle weakness

  • Overactive bladder

  • Bladder weakness

  • Side effects of certain medications

  • Infections of the urinary tract

  • Prolapsed organs

  • Neurological dysfunction

  • Difficult childbirth

  • Imbalanced hormones in women

Effective Physical Therapy Program Options: 

  • Education about bowel and bladder function 

  • Pelvic muscle exercise with the help of Biofeedback 

  • Behavioral approaches such as bladder training, urge suppression, dietary and fluid modifications 

  • Pelvic floor muscle stimulation 

  • Techniques to maintain control of bowel and bladder and prevent future incontinence 

 Who Benefits: 

Frequently Asked Questions about Incontinence

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