Stress urinary incontinence is the uncontrollable loss of urine when you cough, sneeze or laugh. Any activity that results in an increase in pressure in the abdominal cavity may contribute to stress urinary incontinence. This happens when pelvic floor muscles have been weakened and the bladder has slipped lower. Stress urinary incontinence is a common medical condition and is treatable. Physiotherapy may be tried first, failing which surgery may be necessary.
Common causes are:
- Pregnancy and vaginal delivery
- Repeated lifting of heavy objects
- Prolonged coughing
- Repeated straining during urination or bowel movement
Physiotherapy for Stress Urinary Incontinence by our female physiotherapist
It includes the following:
Pelvic Floor Exercises are prescribed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and may involve the use of vaginal cones and biofeedback.
Electrical Stimulation Therapy makes use of electrical currents to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. It may be recommended if pelvic floor exercises have reduced effect.
The physiotherapist will review you on a monthly interval or less, to monitor progress. You will be prescribed a home exercise program of pelvic floor exercises. You can stop treatment after you have achieved optimal results as determined by your physiotherapist.