Doylestown Hospital's Urinary Continence Program was established in 1999 to help men and women who suffer from this embarrassing and life-altering problem. The program's goal is to return individuals to their daily routine without inconvenience related to incontinence.
What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is neither a disease nor a normal symptom of aging. Incontinence affects more than 13 million Americans, 80% of whom can be effectively treated with bio-behavioral techniques such as bladder training and biofeedback assisted pelvic floor exercises.
Urinary incontinence effects both males and females. It can be caused by infections, pregnancy, menopause, surgery or by being overweight. It can also be brought on by strokes, diabetes or by certain neurological conditions.
Types of Incontinence
- Stress Incontinence: happens when a small amount of urine is released with coughing, laughing, exercising or sneezing. Stress incontinence is the most common type of incontinence.
- Urge Incontinence: occurs when the urge to urinate comes on so suddenly that it is often impossible to make it to the bathroom in time.
- Mixed Incontinence: combination of stress and urge incontinence.
Once you receive a referral for urinary continence therapy from your physician, a physical therapist can perform an evaluation and develop an individualized treatment for you.
The physical therapist will teach you how to follow a self-help program of exercise in conjunction with state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment. Urinary incontinence can be caused by muscles that are weak or too active. The physical therapist will teach you exercises that are simple but play a major role in helping you improve you incontinence.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Cheryl Talamo,
Rehab Manager at 215-345-2065.