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Urinary Incontinence (UI)

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine sufficient to be a problem. It often occurs at the same time that internal abdominal pressure is increased, such as during a cough, sneeze, laugh, or other physical activity.

How common is UI?

  • UI affects about 13 million people
  • Ages 15 to 64: occurs in 10-30% of women, and 1.5-5% of men
  • Ages 60+: occurs in 15-35% of population (twice as likely for women)
  • Half of all women are affected by UI at some point as many as 10% have regular incontinence.
  • About 20% of women over the age of 75 experience UI daily.
  • The risk for UI increases with age, obesity, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and childbearing.
  • For nursing home residents, the risk is 50% or greater.
  • For home bound elderly, the risk is about 53%.

What are the symptoms?

  • sensation of bladder fullness
  • increased urinary frequency or urgency
  • discomfort during intercourse
  • loss of urine when coughing, sneezing, standing, or during physical activity
  • a feeling of pressure or bulging in the vagina
  • difficulty initiating urine stream
  • inability to empty bladder completely

What are the possible effects of chronic UI?

  • Withdrawal and isolation
  • Depression
  • Skin irritation and breakdown
  • Nursing home admissions

Yes - there are treatments to help reduce UI!

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Physiological quieting
  • Therapeutic exercises (beyond Kegels)
  • Physical therapy modalities, such as biofeedback
  • Medication
  • Surgical intervention

Physical Therapy for UI

  • Initial appointment is 60 to 75 minutes
  • Five to eight visits about 30 to 45 minutes each
  • One session per week
  • Results are usually noticed in 7 to 10 days
  • Physical therapy program may include lifestyle changes, physiological quieting, therapeutic exercise, and the use of biofeedback.
  • The Urinary Incontinence Program is available through your physician's referral


For more information, please contact:

Rice Rehabilitation Center
311 SW 3rd St.
Willmar, MN 56201

Lynn Stier, Director

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