Incontinence treatment Canberra
Did you know that appropriate physiotherapy can prevent and treat this embarrassing, and surprisingly common problem?
Quite often, women are unaware that they are using the pelvic floor muscles incorrectly, and can actually be contributing to the problem. This is where pelvic floor physiotherapists can help. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be effective for treating incontinence, prolapse, pre and post-natal physiotherapy, as well as regaining general pelvic floor strength.
We can help if you have:
- Any leakage of urine when you cough, sneeze or exercise (stress incontinence)
- Difficulty controlling your bladder on the way to the toilet (urgency and urge incontinence)
- Unusually frequent visits to the toilet (urinary frequency)
- Vaginal heaviness, dragging or a bulge (pelvic organ prolapse)
- Difficulty emptying your bowel and straining - (obstructed defaecation or constipation)
- Difficulty keeping tampons in place (pelvic floor muscle laxity)
- Weak pelvic floor muscles after childbirth
- Had surgery for incontinence or prolapse and want to prevent further problems
- Planned surgery for incontinence or prolapse and want to prepare your muscles for it
- Tried doing pelvic floor exercises but not sure if you are doing them correctly
Our women's health assessments always involve an internal examination. This, along with extensive questioning about your pelvic floor function and habits allow for the best diagnosis and subsequent treatment. The internal examination allows the physiotherapist to properly assess any weakness, spasm or change to your pelvic floor muscles and to assess for any degree of vaginal prolapse of your pelvic organs. All of this cannot be achieved externally.
Our physiotherapists have a special interest in women's health and may be able to assist you. We work closely with your current physiotherapist, referring doctor or gynaecologist to achieve the best outcome for you.
What should I expect?
You do not need a referral to see our women's health physiotherapists, but you may be referred by your GP or gynaecologist. Your assessment is very detailed, and covers your pelvic floor habits, from bladder to bowel control, to sex, to lower back and pelvic pain. Real time ultrasound will be used to gain an initial impression of the function of your pelvic floor. The internal examination will follow, and then a management plan will be formulated that is appropriate and agreeable to you.
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