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What is Stress Incontinence?

Stress incontinence is involuntary bladder or fecal leakage with increased intraabdominal pressure to the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor acts as a “hammock” or “sling” for the bladder and reproductive organs. Pelvic floor muscles play a vital role in core stabilization and overall function.

This may look like having bladder or fecal leakage with coughing, sneezing, jumping, running, or other high impact activities. It may be more prevalent in pregnant, post-partum or post-menopausal women. Bladder leakage is more common than fecal leakage.

Both males and females can suffer from stress incontinence. Pelvic floor weakness and core weakness are often contributing factors, especially after childbirth or having an abdominal surgery or procedure.

This condition is very common; however, it is not normal. If you are suffering from stress incontinence, a physical therapy examination and treatment with a pelvic floor physical therapist is highly recommended.

Many people respond well with conservative pelvic floor treatment. This is not any to be ashamed about.

To get more information or to schedule a complimentary call with Dr. Melancon, DPT, please click here.

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