Many women can experience the involuntary leakage of urine. When this
happens enough to be a problem, it is called urinary incontinence.
Contrary to popular belief, urinary incontinence is not a normal part of
aging or something to be expected after childbearing or surgery. It is
usually caused by a physical problem or condition, and can be treated
with positive results.
Nearly 20 million people may suffer from incontinence, with women being affected twice as often as men. Beyond the physical problem, loss of bladder control is also a strain on a person’s self-esteem and confidence level. Unfortunately, many are too embarrassed to seek help for this sensitive condition.
Fortunately, with an accurate evaluation and treatment from our specialized team, any person suffering from incontinence can now expect significant improvement, and many will find complete relief.
The leaking of urine when exercising, moving or other activity that puts stress on the bladder. The pelvic floor muscles become weak and cause the bladder to fall out of position.
• Leaking urine when sneezing, coughing or laughing
• Leaking urine when getting up from a chair or bed
An uncontrollable urge to urinate happens when the bladder muscle becomes hyperactive. Leakage or discharge may occur even when the bladder is nearly empty. Urge incontinence is caused by an actual muscle malfunction, emotional stress or a nerve condition such as Parkinson ’s disease or a stroke.
• Leaking urine before getting to the bathroom and/or
• Urinating often, sometimes every two hours during the day and evening
Columbia St. Mary’s Continence Services are specifically designed to evaluate and develop an individual treatment plan for each patient, including:
Women who are living with, or recovering from:
The experienced staff at Columbia St. Mary’s Continence Services uses several techniques to diagnosis the condition through:
Under the guidance of a physician, specially trained therapist or nurse, a wide range of successful treatment modalities are available.
Relaxation and diet management.
Teaching methods to control bladder function.
Individual exercise programs to increase motor control and strength of the pelvic floor, such as the Kegel exercise (repeated tightening and release of the pelvic muscles) and other physical therapy movements.
Women learn correct techniques for exercising and toning the pelvic muscle.
Special medication can be included in the overall treatment plan for calming the bladder muscle or to desensitize the nerves controlling the bladder, generally best prescribed for urge incontinence.
Plastic support device to reposition the bladder; a pessary is not a permanent solution for incontinence and serves only as a temporary repair.
Technologically advanced, implanted device, called InterStim Therapy. By using mild electrical stimulation of the sacral nerves incontinence symptoms are dramatically reduced or eliminated.
Minimally invasive surgical correction to provide the necessary support for the bladder. It is an outpatient procedure with a 90% curative rate.
The following self-assessment may help determine if you can benefit from our trained Continence Clinic staff. If you answer “yes” to one or more of the questions below, please contact us for further evaluation.
We diagnose … We treat … and You succeed.
To schedule a physical therapy appointment at the location below, call 414-326-2660.
Tower Medical Commons
2350 N. Lake Dr., Suite 509
Milwaukee, WI 53211
If you are interested in speaking to a physician regarding any of these services, contact a physician referral specialist at 414-332-DOCS (3627).