Urine incontinence in men is the sudden feeling of needing to urinate, followed by the inability to hold it in, resulting in the involuntary release of urine. Urge incontinence is also referred to as having an overactive bladder. Physiotherapy can help to significantly reduce symptoms that are associated with urge incontinence.
Bladder control and a person’s ability to store urine depend on the function of the urinary tract, kidneys and nervous system. A person is continually collecting urine in the bladder after it has travelled from the kidneys. The bladder is a muscle (detrusor) and expands as it fills with urine. As the bladder fills up it is kept closed by a valve called the sphincter. The sphincter, along with the detrusor muscle, help control the flow of urine out of the body. The nervous system allows the bladder to continue to fill and tells you when you need to urinate. The detrusor muscle needs to contract in order to force urine out of the bladder. When the bladder is full, part of the brain helps prevent bladder contraction so that urination can be delayed until you are ready to use the bathroom.
Urge incontinence in men is the strong, sudden need to urinate due to uncontrolled bladder spasms of contractions. An overactive bladder results in involuntary bladder muscle contractions which are caused by bladder irritation or problems in the nervous system.
Urge incontinence in men may be caused by number of reasons including:
Men who are experiencing urge incontinence are likely to have symptoms such as;
If you suffer from urge incontinence, there are a number of treatment options that aim to reduce any of your current symptoms. You may be offered several medical interventions including medication and diet advice. Additionally, physiotherapy has shown to provide urge incontinence sufferers with significant relief from problems associated with the condition.
If you suffer from stress incontinence then we will work with you in a physiotherapy programme that will include treatment methods which focus on minimising the problems that you are experiencing. Treatment methods include: