Do you suffer from an overactive bladder? If so, you're not alone!
More than 33 million people (in the United States alone!) are affected by this bladder disorder.
What is an overactive bladder?
Overactive bladder causes a frequent and sudden urge to urinate that is difficult to control. Overactive Bladder, also known as "spastic bladder" or "irritable bladder" can limit activity and cause someone who suffers from it to feel frustrated, ashamed and embarrassed and can even lead to the development of mental disorders such as Anxiety and Depression. It is important to note that having an overactive bladder is NOT a normal part of aging and is something that should be treated so you can enjoy your life.
What are the symptoms of an overactive bladder?
Common symptoms in those who suffer from an overactive bladder include urinary urgency that is difficult to control, Urinary Incontinence (the unintentional loss of urine immediately following a strong urge to urinate), frequent urination (urinating more than 8 times in a 24 hour period), and Nocturia (a condition that causes you to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night just to urinate).
What causes an overactive bladder?
An overactive bladder occurs when the muscles in your bladder become overly active resulting in the bladder muscles contracting to pass urine before the bladder is full. Causes of an overactive bladder include abdominal trauma, infection, nerve damage causes by pelvic trauma or surgery, drug side effects, certain Neurological diseases such as MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and Parkinson's Disease, Urinary tract infections, and certain types of Cancers such as Prostate and Bladder Cancer.
What are my treatment options?
There are many options available to help reduce, manage and eliminate the symptoms associated with an overactive bladder. The most highly recommended and non-invasive treatment for an overactive bladder is Behavioral Modification which is comprised of several changes you can make to your lifestyle to help manage your overactive bladder. Some of these changes include diet/fluid intake management, scheduled toileting, bladder retraining and most importantly, pelvic muscle exercises.
How can pelvic floor physical therapy help me?
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1. What is Overactive Bladder (OAB)? National Association for Continence (NAFC). https://nafc.org/overactive-bladder/
2. Overactive Bladder (OAB). Urology Care Foundation. https://www.urologyhealth.org/urology-a-z/o/overactive-bladder-(oab)
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