If you notice a few drops of urine dribbling out when you laugh, cough, sneeze, exercise and lift heavy objects you may need to consult a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist as these could be symptoms of Stress urinary incontinence.
It is caused by a dysfunctional pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is made up of muscles, connective tissue and sphincters. They stabilize the spine and the pelvis, support the pelvic organs like bladder, uterus and rectum and control the retention and release of urine and stool.
These structures get weakened by:
- Vaginal delivery
- Urinary tract infections
- Some medicines such as blood pressure medication, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and some heart medication
- Sports that increase the intra-pelvic pressure like gymnastics and trampoline in Women
- Surgery in the pelvic area or the prostate cancer (in men).
- In some cases, the prostate cancer’s treatment will cause incontinence as a side effect.
SUI is the most common type of urinary incontinence. There are both non-surgical and surgical options to treat SUI. Physiotherapy is the best non surgical treatment option available
After a proper examination with our specialist at Greenboro Physiotherapy and Massage, we will be able to give you the tools you need to treat your condition.
Help is available. You don’t have to suffer in silence.