Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Physical Therapist-Preventing Long-Term Postpartum Incontinence

Normally female patients unwillingly admit to urinary incontinence. If you have seen that your quality of life has unexpectedly reduced and you find yourself avoiding, playing, running, lifting or laughing with your child due to the fear of incontinence, you should consider addressing this topic sooner rather than later. Urinary incontinence is not only related to aging. The postpartum population is at higher risk for long-term incontinence as you have been pregnant. Factors which affect incontinence include neuromuscular dysfunction, obesity, diet, vaginal delivery, exercise and lifestyle. Later stage problems include depression worsening leakage, and declined physical activity.


By giving proper attention to this problem, postpartum women with leakage or signs of incontinence dysfunction may reduce effects of long-term postpartum incontinence. In a few situations, postpartum incontinence resolves, but in then may get worse with subsequent pregnancies, age, smoking, weight gain, and drinking. Women who have been pregnant are 2.6 times more expected to suffer from urinary incontinence, then their non-pregnant counterpart female. A study reported women spending an average of $900 annually, out of pocket just to handle their symptoms; the women were willing to spend even more for a cure. Younger women are affected by curb of recreational activity. Older women, disclose deficits in walking speed, standing, and balance. 

Measures to prevent Postpartum Incontinence

Taking a help from physical therapist can diminish the feeling that you are helpless. Many physical therapists in Hammond are trained in this area; their program may provide education about exercise, such as biomechanical improvement for lifting, pelvic floor contraction, and an ability to give you the self-assurance and power to change the situation. They can explain how exercise performance is a walk that can be built into any daily routine, even during play time with your kids. These measures will build the self-assurance you’ll need to treat your pelvic floor weakness and address your pathology. Direct physical therapy intervention will include assessment and evaluation of related musculoskeletal pathology and structured exercise or relaxation for the pelvic floor. Pre and postpartum pelvic floor weakness or tone issues can be addressed by our rehab to decrease risk of long-term incontinence. New mothers should look for help if your incontinence continues beyond your child’s first birthday.