Continence requires that the urethra (tube connecting the bladder to the outside world) remains closed, particularly during activities which increase the intra-abdominal pressure and pressure on the bladder. Urethral closure is maintained by (1) the tone in the urethra itself, (2) the fascial (connective tissue) support system around the bladder and urethra, and (3) the pelvic floor muscles. When one or more of these structures is impaired or damaged, incontinence can occur.
Stress urinary incontinence is the passive leakage of urine during activities including but not limited to:
Following assessment, your Physiotherapist will discuss with you your treatment options.
Treatment may include: