Urinary and fecal incontinence is a treatable condition that involves the involuntary loss of urine or stool. It is not an inevitable side effect of aging. With proper care, it can be treated and, in most cases, cured. Sentara offers a comprehensive therapy program to help.
Symptoms of IncontinenceUrine leakage during exercise, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or associated with urgencyFeeling the need to urinate as often as 6-8 times a day Inability to completely empty your bowel or bladder without straining
Conditions That Benefit From Treatment Stress incontinence: urine leakage due to poor control and support of the pelvic floor muscles Urge incontinence: leakage due to an overactive bladderOverflow incontinence: leakage due to incomplete emptying of the bladderUrinary urgency/frequency: also caused by overactive bladder and weak pelvic floorFecal incontinence: involuntary loss of fecal matterConstipation: inability to have a bowel movement without strainingPelvic pain: pain in the vagina or lower abdomen often with sexual intercourse
Continence And Pelvic Floor Program Treatment MethodsA comprehensive evaluation Pelvic floor strengthening and coordination exercises Biofeedback to assess performance of pelvic floor exercises and assure improved control Electrical stimulation to reduce bladder irritation and strengthen pelvic floor muscles Bladder retraining to increase length of time between urination Behavioral modification to control urges Education on bladder health and dietary influences Please note that a physician referral is required for patients to receive therapy services.Continence and Pelvic Floor services are available at the following Sentara Therapy Center locations: Hilltop - Virginia BeachObici - Suffolk Princess Anne - Virginia Beach
Learn about urinary incontinence in women and urinary incontinence in men from Sentara Urology Services or visit the APTA’s Section of women’s Health at http://www.womenshealthapta.org/patients/