Bladder Dysfunction

Women’s Health Physical Therapy offers comprehensive and specific rehabilitation for women’s healthcare needs. There are many stages women go through during pregnancy, after pregnancy, pre and post surgeries, mid and later in life issues that a can be helped by a Women’s Health Physical Therapist.

Are you “just dealing with” or afraid to talk to your spouse, girlfriend or Doctor about any of the following ......?


“Leaking a little bit when I jump, sneeze, cough, get up out of a chair.”

Also known as Stress Urinary Incontinence

“Leaking urine on my way to the bathroom, when I put my key in the door to unlock my house after work, when I hear, see, or touch water” “I have to go all the time.”

Also known as Urge Urinary Incontinence, Urinary Frequency, and/or Overactive Bladder Syndrome

These symptoms affect willingness to go in public, ability to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy fluid intake, type of clothing you wear, intimate life with partner, confidence, can cause vaginal and urethral pressure/pain, fear of being unclean, what foods you can eat, and can also be expensive if you are wearing pads everyday!  

Women’s health physical therapy can provide conservative and effective treatment for many bladder dysfunctions including the following:

  • urinary incontinence, including urge and stress urinary incontinence
  • urinary retention
  • overactive bladder
  • interstitial cystitis
  • pelvic organ prolapse

Some Statistics:

Biggest risk factors of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: age, weight of largest vaginal delivery, previous prolapse surgery, hysterectomy.

14.2% of women have uterine prolapse, 34.3% have a cystocele (prolapse of bladder), 32.9% have a rectocele (prolapse of the rectum)

Stress urinary incontinence is the most prevalent type of incontinence reported in the literature. The average prevalence of urinary incontinence ranges from 35 - 49%. It occurs in young and perimenopausal women. Mixed incontinence prevalence is reported at 29%. Mixed incontinence increases as a woman ages and is the most prevalent type of incontinence in the seventh decade of life. Urge incontinence constitutes only 10-15% of all women that present with stress, urge or mixed incontinence.

It is estimated that women have a 47% chance of urinary problems following a hysterectomy.

The Treatment Approach Includes:

  • education on normal bladder habits
  • dietary modifications
  • behavioral modifications
  • pelvic floor muscle retraining
  • treatment for strengthening the pelvic floor
  • abdominal and pelvic bracing during functional activities to provide support.

The pelvic floor muscles can be evaluated using EMG testing that gives specific information about the muscle function. You don’t have to live with it!


“Who knew that physical therapy could help a problem like mine! I am so glad my search for help led me to Brandi. She is very knowledgeable and kind. I am amazed at how effectively her direction and treatment has helped me. Once I realized that my problem was affecting my life by causing me to stay home more and always worry about where the next bathroom was I sought treatment.

By talking to Brandi and following her suggestions, I have learned to help myself by being more aware of my body and the way it reacts. Brandi has given me hope to a more normal future. I now take long walks with my husband and shopping trips with my daughter, which I had quit doing for fear of control problems. Thank you, Brandi for your kindness!!!”

—received PT for bowel and bladder dysfunction/incontinence

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