Help is available for those experiencing bladder control problems (incontinence).
In an effort to assist individuals experiencing these symptoms, Billings Clinic has developed a Continence Management Program. At your first visit, a focused physical exam, along with a complete medical and urinary history is taken to help us develop a program appropriate for you.
Studies have shown that urinary incontinence [in-CONT-ti-nunce] can often be successfully treated or improved through the use of behavioral therapies, which can include pelvic floor muscle exercises, dietary modifications and bladder retraining. Biofeedback therapy may also be utilized. Other options such as medication and surgery are also available, and can be discussed if appropriate to your plan of care.
Facts you should know about incontinence
Incontinence is a common condition.
Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. It is a condition that affects millions of Americans. It robs many men and women of their independence and can severely decrease their quality of life. Incontinence may be partial or complete and may be a temporary or a continuing condition. It affects people of all ages - young and old - both men and women and people of all races. Incontinence is not a disease; it is not part of being a woman and it is not 'just what happens' as you get older. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that help is available for this medical condition.
- Stress Incontinence
Stress incontinence is the leakage of small amounts of urine during coughing, sneezing, laughing or other activities that increase abdominal pressure.
- Urge Incontinence
Urge incontinence is the urgent need to pass urine, and the inability to get to the toilet in time, even though the bladder is often empty.
- Mixed Incontinence
Mixed incontinence is a combination of stress and urge incontinence.
- Overflow Incontinence
Overflow incontinence is the spilling over of small amounts of urine when the bladder is full.
- Reflex Incontinence
Reflex incontinence is the loss of urine when a person is unaware of the need to urinate.
- Incontinence from surgery
Incontinence sometimes follows such operations as hysterectomy, Cesarean section, prostatectomy, lower intestinal surgery or rectal surgery.
Loss of bladder control is never normal
Many suffer in silence, altering their lives to endure embarrassment, annoyance and the health implications associated with incontinence.
Incontinence is not a disease; it is a symptom that can be controlled. Don't resign yourself to 'living with it.' Simple exercises may be all you need to stop the problem.
Insurance plans vary greatly, so please check with your insurance company, including Medicare, for information regarding continence therapy coverage.
Make your call to the Billings Clinic Continence Center to see how our professionals can help you. No referral is needed.
801 North 29th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
For more information about your urinary continence concerns, visit the National Association for Continence at www.NAFC.org, and www.mybladder.com, provided by Protocol Driven Healthcare, Inc.