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Urinary Incontinence

What is Urinary Incontinence?

It refers to poor bladder control, leading to leakage of urine.

Can physiotherapy help people with urinary incontinence?

Yes. Physiotherapy is an effective and low-risk treatment for urinary incontinence.

What are the causes of urinary incontinence?

  • Urinary tract infection

  • Weakness of the pelvic floor muscles

  • Enlarged prostate

  • Use of certain medications such as diuretics, sedatives and muscle relaxants

  • Damage to the nerves that control the bladder such as in multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease

  • Diabetes, smoking and arthritis

What are the symptoms of urinary incontinence?

  • Urine leakage

  • Urgently and frequently wanting to use the toilet

  • Passing urine several times at night

  • Urine leak during exercise, laughing and coughing

  • Weak urine flow

  • Difficulty starting to urinate

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