Urinary issues affect millions of people around the world, and women suffer from them almost twice as much as men. Causes like trauma, aging, and untreated infection among others result in the pelvic muscles either being too active or too weak to maintain healthy bladder function. Living with issues like urinary incontinence, urinary frequency and urgency and overactive bladder can be very difficult, as the sufferer can never know when it will strike. This has a direct consequence on social and professional situations, and may result in a loss of confidence and even depression.
Despite its prevalence, people often go undiagnosed and untreated. Even painful bladder conditions like Interstitial Cystitis are either overlooked, or the patient is too embarrassed to seek answers. Because there are so many possible causes, pinpointing the source of the problem can be a long process.
Yet there is treatment. Safe and noninvasive, physical therapy provides the tools to treat the muscles at fault. Fully evidence based, a professional PT specialist can build a patient specific course of action to begin to heal the pelvic floor. Re-educating the body through practice and muscle memory is a highly successful approach to incontinence and bladder pain. Urinary issues do not need to be forever. With the right team it can be a thing of the past.