If laughing or coughing is causing unexpected urine leaks, it’s important to schedule an evaluation of your bladder functionality. The team offers convenient in-office testing options for incontinence at Restorative Physical Medicine in Livonia and Novi, Michigan, to better understand the cause of your incontinence issues. They create an individual treatment plan with a goal to reduce the number of leaks you experience and help you maintain healthy bladder control. Learn more about treating incontinence by calling the office or book an appointment online today.
What is incontinence?
Incontinence is a condition where you don’t have proper control of your bladder, resulting in frequent leaks of urine. While the condition is common as you age, it can also occur because of underlying medical conditions, such as infections and neurological disorders.
There are several types of incontinence, including:
If you suffer from stress incontinence, urine leaks due to pressure on the bladder from sneezing or laughing.
If you suffer from urge incontinence, the sudden urge to urinate can lead to urine leaks when you can’t make it to the bathroom in time.
In overflow incontinence, you experience frequent leaks of urine due to the bladder not emptying completely.
You may also have mixed incontinence, a situation where you experience urine leaks due to one or more factors.
What are the risk factors for incontinence?
Your bladder may weaken as you age, resulting in frequent urine leaks. You may also be at increased risk for incontinence issues if you’re:
If you’re a smoker or have a family history of incontinence, your risks for incontinence may increase.
How is incontinence diagnosed?
To determine the cause of your incontinence, you may need to undergo a urine test. This type of testing checks for signs of blood or infection that may contribute to urine leaks.
You may also need to keep track of your bathroom and drinking habits, so the team can better understand your condition.
For some, an ultrasound can give the team a closer look at your bladder and urinary tract to identify structural abnormalities.
What treatments are available for incontinence?
Treatment options for incontinence depend on the root cause of your condition. The team offers several options for reducing the frequency and severity of your urine leaks and uses a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs.
Botox® injections are one treatment option that can help address overactive bladder issues that cause frequent leaks of urine.
You may also benefit from a nerve stimulator treatment, which uses a device to deliver painless impulses of electricity to the nerves that control your bladder. This type of treatment may be most beneficial if you suffer from symptoms of urge incontinence.
If you’re tired of the embarrassment urine leaks cause, schedule your consultation today by phone or using the online booking feature.