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Improving Urinary Incontinence Using Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Nov 20, 2019 10:23:39 AM

Patient Information: Female, Age 80

Diagnosis: Mixed Incontinence

History: This woman, an independent living resident with a 40-year history of incontinence, was referred to outpatient therapy due to increased incontinence episodes. She had mixed incontinence (impaired urge sensation and pelvic floor muscle weakness) resulting in decreased socialization. She was considering the use of a pessary (a insertable prosthetic device that may help with stress incontinence) and took medication for overactive bladder.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Continence Improvement

Improving Urinary Incontinence with Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Nov 26, 2018 2:07:26 PM

Patient Information: Female, Age 74

Diagnosis: Urinary Incontinence / Hip Fracture

History: This woman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility with significant decline in mobility
and function after an extended hospitalization due to a fall and subsequent fractured hip. Prior to her fall she lived at home with her family. Due to the severe decline in her function, she received rehabilitation services for one month prior to the continence program being added to her plan of care. Urinary incontinence had been an issue for years, but got significantly worse over the course of her hospitalization.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Continence Improvement

Improving Urge and Stress Incontinence with Continence Improvement Pelvic Muscle Exercise

Posted by ACP on Nov 10, 2018 3:11:48 PM

Patient Information: Female, Age 72

Diagnosis: Urge and Stress Incontinence

History: This woman, an independent living resident, referred herself to therapy for incontinence rehabilitation after attending a facility open house where she learned of the program. She reported gradual decreased control of urine with both stress incontinence (inability to hold back urine leakage with increases in abdominal pressure caused by laughing and sneezing) and urge incontinence (inability to stop unexpected and urgent urine flow) over the past year.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Continence Improvement

Improving Stress and Urge Incontinence with Exercise

Posted by ACP on Aug 27, 2018 10:50:51 AM

Although it is not a normal part of aging, urinary incontinence often occurs in older adults due to a number of contributing factors. Incontinence severity can range from occasional leakage with a cough, sneeze, or laugh (stress incontinence – when abdominal pressure exceeds the ability of the sphincter and associated muscles to hold back urine flow) to a loss of a large volume of urine
(urge incontinence – when the urge to urinate comes on quickly and is so strong the individual cannot get to the toilet in time). Pelvic muscle weakness is a component of both stress and urge incontinence.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Continence Improvement

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