Have you ever coughed or sneezed and experienced a dribble of urinary leakage or have you taken a swing of the golf club and felt a release of the bladder? Urinary incontinence is a common phenomenon among men and women and the likelihood of urinary leakage continues to increase with age. There are many circumstances that result in leakage and none of them are to be considered normal. Knowing how and when to seek help is key to starting the road to recovery. And yes, urinary leakage can be treated and cured!
Fifty percent of all individuals over fifty years old experience some form of urinary incontinence, chances are fairly high that you know someone with leakage or you are that someone. Having urinary leakage impacts the quality of life many ways. It can contribute to anxiety, social isolation, and overall depression. From a safety standpoint, people with urinary leakage will also have an increased risk for falls due to trying to rush to the bathroom to prevent further leakage.
Thankfully, there are exercises that can be done to help combat urinary leakage- kegels! Unfortunately, it’s difficult to know if you are performing the kegels correctly since it is not a muscle that can be seen. Pelvic floor physical therapists are available to help teach proper kegel techniques and give exercise prescriptions for different types of exercises that can strengthen muscles and decrease incontinence. At Sullivan Physical Therapy this is our specialty. For more information, visit https://www.sullivanphysicaltherapy.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.