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.
Overcome Incontinence and Lead a More Active Life
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.
Incontinence care includes:
- Post void residual check
- Bladder scan
- Routine Foley and Suprapubic catheter changes
- Urethral self catheter teaching
- Electrical stimulation therapy
- Biofeedback training
- EMG study
About urge incontinence
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:
- Bladder cancer
- Bladder inflammation
- Something blocking urine from leaving the bladder
- Bladder stones
- Brain or nerve problems, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke
- Nerve injury, such as from a spinal cord injury
- Weakened pelvic floor muscles
Specifically in men, urge incontinence also may be due to:
- Bladder changes caused by an enlarged prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- An enlarged prostate blocking urine from flowing from the bladder
About stress incontinence
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:
- Are physically active
- Have sexual intercourse