Article by PTOSI Therapist Mandy Lacrosse, DPT
Urinary incontinence is quite prevalent, especially for women in their later years. Depending on the study, female urinary incontinence affects 25-45% of women (Buckley et al. 2010), with one study even finding a prevalence of 49.2% of women affected (Minassian et al. 2008), and male incontinence ranges from 11-34% (Buckley et al. 2010). Though urinary incontinence clearly affects many people, it is rarely talked about. As a physical therapist that specializes in women’s and men’s health, specifically incontinence, I am amazed how long patients live with incontinence before finally seeking treatment. The treatment for incontinence includes biofeedback, pelvic floor strengthening, and education on re-training the bladder, and often only requires 4-6 visits over several months. Almost everyone can benefit from meeting with a trained physical therapist to assess their pelvic floor, whether it is post-natal, post-surgery, post cancer treatment, or if you are an older individual who has a higher prevalence of issues. Treatment can be life changing for many people!
Buckley BS, Lapitan MC. Prevalence of urinary incontinence in men, women, and children—current evidence: findings of the Fourth International Consultation on Inconctinence. Urology. 2010. 76(2): 265-70.
Minassian VA, Stewart WF, Wood GC. Urinary incontinence in women: variation in prevalence estimates and risk factors. Obstet Gynecol. 2008. 111(2 Pt 1): 324-31.