Women's Health Services

Incontinence

Incontinence at Abrazo Healthcare, in Arizona

More than 13 million Americans suffer from incontinence. Many people can be cured by non-surgical, painless treatment that allows them to regain control of their bladders.

Paradise Valley Hospital offers specialized treatment for incontinence. Our staff has received extensive training in this area and has received great results in the treatment of the following conditions:

Urinary Incontinence

  • Stress Incontinence
  • Urge Incontinence
  • Mixed Incontinence

Definitions:

Urinary Incontinence:
An involuntary loss of urine that is sufficient to be a social or hygienic problem. UI can be caused by factors affecting either the anatomy or the physiology of the lower urinary tract, or both, as well as other factors. Urinary incontinence can effect up to 25% of women in the reproductive age group to as high as 30 to 50% of women in the postmenopausal age group. Symptoms include incontinence, dribbling, frequency, and urgency. To a significant degree, these problems reflect changes with the aging of the genitourinary system, including relaxation of the pelvic floor.

Stress Incontinence:
Involuntary loss of urine during physical exertion; ie cough, sneeze, lift or laugh. Stress incontinence is often caused by weakness of the pelvic floor muscles, which usually occurs as a result of pregnancy, aging, disuse, surgery or trauma.

Urge Incontinence:
Symptom of urine loss that occurs with a strong desire to urinate (urgency) with a few seconds to minutes warning. The bladder is unstable and overactive when it shouldn't be.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Bladder Control

Physical therapists, working with gynecologists and urologists, have developed a very effective treatment program for incontinence called Behavioral Techniques. Paradise Valley Hospital's program uses Behavioral Techniques methods for treating incontinence. Behavioral Techniques involve education, awareness, bladder retraining, and the proper retraining of the muscles that control urination. In almost all cases, the degree of incontinence can be improved, often cured, and the discomfort of surgery avoided.

In addition to Urinary Incontinence, our staff also has expertise in treatment in the following Women's Health areas:

Pelvic Pain Disorders

  • Trauma in or around the pelvis, abdomen, back, coccyx
  • Dysfunctional use patterns
  • Labor/Delivery Trauma
  • Levator Ani Syndrome
  • Dyspareunia
  • Interstitial Cystitis

Obstetrical Dysfunction

  • Low back, sacroiliac and lumbar
  • Pubic symphysis/groin pain
  • Episiotomy pain and /or scarring
  • Abdominal scar pain
  • Weakened abdominal/pelvic floor muscles
  • Postural dysfunctions

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