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Physical therapy alleviates urinary incontinence

Pelvic floor muscle and bladder training can resolve urinary incontinence in women, research shows.

A review of randomised controlled trials found that physical training significantly improved incontinence levels.

Urinary incontinence affects men and women, young and old and physical therapist Patricia Jenkryns says, physical therapy is critical in treating incontinence as it both assesses and treats the musculoskeletal condition.

She adds: "Patients often think that because of age or medical history, incontinence is something they have to learn to live with, but in reality that couldn't be further from the truth.

"Healthcare professionals need to be aware of the role that physical therapists play in treating incontience so that their patients know about alternatives to diapers, medication or surgery."

Director of Women's Health Rehabilitation in Chicago Cynthia Neville said: "The study is significant for many reasons, none more so than because it provides the highest levels of evidence to support the importance of intervention by a physical therapist who specialises in treating urinary incontinence."

Annals of Internal Medicine