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Alyssa George - Incontinence

In this week’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Alyssa George discusses Incontinence.

Urinary incontinence is the leakage of urine at inappropriate times and it may be caused by weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. A lot of times, with age, we stop using our muscles, or not as frequently as normal, they get weak. A lot of times that’s a pretty embarrassing thing for people as they get older.

Physical therapy can help to treat that by strengthening the muscles in and around the pelvic floor and those are the muscles that connect between the pelvic bone and help to support the organs in your abdomen. Treatment may include strengthening exercises, certain stretches, or things like that, that can help to improve the function of your bladder and the muscles that help support it.

After pregnancy or after surgery, you may want to see a physical therapist if you’re having problems with urinary incontinence. There may be some weakness issues and things they can help you with. Physical therapists can also provide you with knowledge of different things that you should avoid drinking or eating that may be causing irritation on your bladder.

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