1012 E. Willetta St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Signs that Incontinence Therapy may be right for you:
- You have urinary leakage with sneezing, coughing, running or jumping
- You experience a sudden or frequent urge/need to urinate
- You experience losses of large amounts of urine following sudden urges to void
- You have loss of urine during nighttime sleep or increased frequency of nighttime toileting
- You experience loss of urine during fitness activities
- You experience difficulty initiating urination or feel the need to strain when urinating
- You have altered your life or lowered your self esteem
Who Can Benefit?
- Pregnant women or women who have just given birth
- People with problems following illness or surgery
- Female athletes
- Women who are menopausal
- Women with pelvic pain
- Men or women with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, interstitial cystitis, or low-back pain
- Children with night incontinence
Incontinence can sometimes be treated with drugs or surgery, but increasingly physicians recommend physical therapy and biofeedback training like those we offer at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
Electromyographic biofeedback picks up electrical activity in the pelvic floor muscles through the use of vaginal, rectal or surface sensors. The sensors relay signals to a computer which displays muscle activity on a color screen.
You'll receive treatment in a private room from a qualified physical therapist. With the use of the biofeedback, you'll identify and isolate the muscles needed for bladder and rectal control. Our licensed physical therapist provide a bladder health program designed to enhance the function and control of the pelvic floor and bladder muscles.
The First Step:
- Get a doctor's prescription for physical therapy treatment for incontinence.
- Schedule an initial one-hour evaluation. This includes pelvic muscle strength assessment, biofeedback treatment, patient education and an individualized home exercise program.
- Follow-up with 30-45 minute treatment one to two times a week for continuing education and progression of home exercises.
- Current research indicates an average of four to 12 treatments are needed for good results.
Incontinence therapy and the Women's Health Program is supported by a Banner Health Foundation Philanthropy Award. For more information please call the Banner Health Foundation at (602) 747-4483.