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Incontinence Control Program at Canonsburg General Hospital

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Embarrassing…Yes, A Real Problem…Yes, A Program to Help…Yes
Incontinence Control

Urinary incontinence is not something everyone wants to broadcast, but bladder control is a medical condition that as many as 13 million Americans suffer from, including men and women.
There are four main types of urinary incontinence including stress, urge, mixed, and overflow. Stress incontinence occurs when a person has leakage when performing an activity like running, or sneezing. Urge incontinence, also known as, overactive bladder, is the strong urge to void your bladder followed by the actual loss of some or your entire bladder. Mixed occurs when stress and urge exist together, and the fourth, overflow is the continuous leakage a person may experience.
To combat this medical condition the physical therapists at Canonsburg Hospital offer a personalized program to reduce or eliminate the incontinence. “Our program begins with a full musculoskeletal exam of the pelvis and core based upon the patients individual symptoms,” Anne Veres, director of outpatient rehabilitation at Canonsburg Hospital said. “Every person experiences a different level and degree of symptoms, so it is important to work with everyone based on their needs and goals.”
The program includes therapists using specific targeted exercises and electric stimulation to strengthen the muscles. The course may also include biofeedback to help each patient become more aware of their pelvic floor muscles and how to properly contract them, Veres stated. The urinary incontinence control plan may involve relaxation techniques, stretching, and education for management of the symptoms.
Treatment session may last 45 minutes, for the initial session and slowly reducing in time, meeting one or two times a week for a month. After these sessions the therapists at CGH will help each person develop a transitional home exercise program.
“Our goal is for a patient to return to an active, confident lifestyle without fear of incontinence,” Veres stated.
To learn more about this program, please call 724-271-3300.
 

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