Pelvic Incontinence And Pelvic Pain Services
Incontinence is the frequent, involuntary loss of urine or bowel control. It's not a disease, but a symptom of a medical condition. Once you uncover the condition, you can improve or cure the symptom.
According to the National Association for Continence, about 25 million Americans suffer from incontinence. At least 80 percent of them are women, but it affects men, too. About half of all nursing home residents are incontinent, but young people suffer as well. Athletic women, new mothers, people with congenital defects or with spinal-cord injuries may experience incontinence. Certain medications make you susceptible. So do nerve diseases, infections and pelvic or abdominal surgery.
Pelvic pain (vulvodynia, rectal, low back, buttocks) can be caused and aggravated by excessive pelvic muscle tension and lead to poor muscle functioning and painful symptoms. It is not normal to experience incontinence or pain as you age. Often, simple techniques such as training bladder and pelvic-floor muscles, scheduled toileting and biofeedback can help correct the problem. In rare cases, people need surgery.
From 80 to 85 percent of those with incontinence can be successfully treated.
Yet, the average person waits seven to nine years to seek help. This can lead to severity of symptoms such as chronic bladder infections. Incontinence can affect your emotional health. It can lead people to withdraw, which can cause depression and anxiety disorders. By seeking help sooner, you might be able to avoid these complications.
Conditions We Treat
- Urinary urgency/frequency
- Involuntary loss of urine control (inability to make it to the toilet)
- Post-prostatectomy incontinence
- Urinary leakage with coughing, sneezing, laughing or lifting
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Pelvic pain (intestinal cystitis, myalgia, adhesions and scars in perineal area)