Incontinence can be an embarrassing and even isolating condition. It is not a disease, but a symptom that can be eliminated, controlled or managed with the right treatment. Franciscan Health offers caring, comprehensive care for people suffering from incontinence.
Incontinence, a loss of bladder or bowel control, affects nearly 10 million Americans. Incontinence is not a disease but a symptom of a medical condition that can be eliminated, controlled or managed.
Incontinence is typically caused by either bladder spasms or weak pelvic floor or sphincter muscles.
Our professionally trained staff will examine your special needs and create an individualized treatment program for you. Our process utilizes behavior modification, pelvic muscle strengthening or electrical stimulation to help bring the problem under control trying to alleviate the embarrassment, worry and even isolation that incontinence can cause.
Urge incontinence occurs when you have a strong, sudden need to urinate. The bladder then squeezes, or spasms, and you lose urine. Symptoms of urge incontinence include not being able to control when you pass urine; having to urinate often during the day and night; and needing to urinate suddenly and urgently.
In many cases of urge incontinence, no cause can be found. Common causes of urinary incontinence include:
Your pelvic floor muscles control bladder functions and your sphincter controls bowel functions. If either set of muscles become weak, urine can pass when pressure is placed on your bladder. This stress incontinence occurs when your bladder leaks urine during physical activity or exertion. It may happen when you cough, lift something heavy, or exercise. The main symptom of stress incontinence is leaking urine when you: