There are 5 types of urinary incontinence:
- Stress – leaking with increased intra-abdominal pressure.
- Urge – leaking preceded by sudden, compelling need to void.
- Mixed – a combination of stress and urge incontinence.
- Overflow – urinary retention leading to “dribbling” or leaking without urge.
- Functional – unable to access the toilet due to physical or cognitive barriers.
Urinary incontinence is common…
- Over 25 million Americans have some form of urinary incontinence.
- 75-80% of these individuals are women.
- 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 experience episodes of involuntary leaking.
- Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause may precede onset.
…But it is NOT normal…
- A few causes for urinary incontinence include abnormal muscle tone, mismanaged intra-abdominal pressure, altered motor control, and poor habits.
…And you CAN fix it!
- Research supports pelvic floor physical therapy as a conservative and effective first-line of treatment for urinary incontinence.
- Individuals with stress urinary incontinence are 8x more likely to report cure of symptoms through pelvic floor PT.
- Individuals with urge urinary incontinence have been shown to report fewer episodes of daily leaking with pelvic floor PT.
Bottom line: Just because urinary incontinence is common does not mean it is normal. You can fix it, and we are here to help!