Most of us have health questions we are reluctant to ask our doctor about.
Maybe it feels too personal. Maybe you think your problem is just a nuisance that comes with being a man. But when it comes to your health and wellness—no question should be off–lists
Say Goodbye to these painful or annoying symptoms
- An unexpected, urgent need to urinate
- Pain during or after sexual intercourse
- Abrupt leakage of urine
- The need to urinate frequently
- Leaking of urine when you cough, laugh, lift, strain, or modify posture
- A weak urine stream
- Leaking urine while asleep
- Frequent bowel movements
- Constipation or pain with bowel movements
- Pain in lower back that cannot be explained by other causes
- Persistent pain in genitals, pelvic region, or rectum
There are different types of urinary incontinence such as urge, stress or mixed incontinence. Urge incontinence is a sudden intense compulsion to urinate which is usually due to a bladder spasm. With urgency you can also experience increased urinary frequency. Increase in frequency can be urinating more than 8 times per day and/ or getting up at night more than once. Stress incontinence is urinary leaking that occurs with an increase in abdominal pressure such as coughing/sneezing, lifting or jumping. Stress urinary incontinence can happen with even a simple task. Mixed incontinence is having both urge and stress incontinence symptoms.
Prostate Cancer and Surgery
Men may have prostate surgery for cancer of the prostate or due to BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). With the removal of the prostate the bladder loses the support that helps men stay continent and after surgery men nor¬mally will have a catheter in for a few weeks during the healing time post-surgery. This can lead to urinary incontinent symptoms in some men. These symptoms can be addressed with a pelvic floor rehabilitation program.
Pelvic Health Rehabilitation
You may be evaluated by a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction. The evaluation will consist of a history of your symptoms and a musculoskeletal assessment of the trunk, abdominal core, hip function and pelvic floor function. There are different treat¬ments that a Physical Therapist can perform to help improve urinary incontinence symptoms.