Created: April 08, 2015
Carol Figuers, PT, EdD; Christina Holladay, PT, DPT, CSCS; Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, CLT
Estimates are that 25% to 50% of women in the United States experience stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Approximately 80% of women who have SUI will report other pelvic organ–related conditions. Urinary incontinence can have a profound impact on physical activity, mobility, and daily functioning. Using traditional muscle and soft tissue assessment and special techniques, physical therapists evaluate the pelvic floor muscles and develop treatment strategies to help women return to their activities. The focus is on a comprehensive approach, with a combination of exercise, behavioral, and education interventions.