Incontinence, a Silent Epidemic

July 18, 2016

mandyLabrosse1Article 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!

 

References:

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.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20541241

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.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18238969