Stress Incontinence, also known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI), happens when urine leaks because of sudden pressure in the bladder causing the urethra to open up uncontrollably. This pressure can be caused from various forceful activities like laughing, exercise, sneezing, and coughing. Those with severe SUI, often leak urine even with less forceful activities.
SUI can range from a few urine drops to considerably large amounts that can wet your pants and clothes. The good news is the physical therapists at Oklahoma Physical Therapy can help reduce stress incontinence.
It is unfortunate that 1 in every 3 women usually suffer from SUI at one particular time of their life. Research has shown that incontinence usually increases with age and one-third of women who are aged 60 years or older find themselves leaking urine at some point. Studies show that 50% of the women aged 65 years old or older suffer from SUI
Although stress urinary incontinence is a fairly common condition it can create a low self-confidence as people are embarrassed. Below are some factors that boost your prevalence of getting SUI:
- Chronic coughing
- Prostrate surgery – this is in men
- Your gender – more common in females
- Nerve injuries at your lower back
- Being overweight
How We Help You
At Oklahoma Physical Therapy we care about our patient’s well being and are happy to help our clients heal quicker. Your first visit at Oklahoma Physical Therapy will start with an in depth and thorough examination, which includes questions about your medical history. The physical therapists will partner with you to create a customized plan to reduce the inconvenience of stress incontinence. We will also partner with you and share exercises with you that will strengthen your bladder. Contact us today and say goodbye to SUI.