Bladder problems include:
- Urinary urgency- sensations that you have to urinate immediately with little warning
- Urinary frequency- increased number of times you urinate daily, also termed OAB (overactive bladder)
- Nocturia- getting up frequently at night
- Urinary incontinence- leaking urine either with activity (stress incontinence) or with urgency (urge incontinence) or constant dribbling (overflow incontinence)
- Urinary hesitancy- inability to empty your bladder or it takes a while to “get started”, often can’t fully empty bladder
- Frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- IC or painful bladder syndrome
Some bladder problems are caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles. Some may be due to overactive or dysfunctional muscles. We will work with you to determine what may be causing or contributing to your symptoms.
It’s important to note that your therapist can work with you even if you choose to take medications to help with your bladder problems. Often, we can help reduce the need for medications or help to maximize the benefit of the medications.
Patient education is a large part of regaining control of your bladder. Many patients are very surprised to find that some simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference.