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What Is Incontinence?

Incontinence means the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control—the inability to predict when and where urination
and/or bowel movements will occur. This common disorder is experienced by as many as 20 million men and women of all
ages. It often seems difficult to manage, and many mistakenly believe that nothing can be done to correct it.
Incontinence can lead to frustration, isolation and depression. The elderly find themselves placed in nursing homes when family members are no longer able to cope with the problems incontinence creates.
Incontinence is not a hopeless condition. In and of itself incontinence is not a disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition that affects men and women of all ages and backgrounds. Embarrassment, shame and a mistaken sense of futility about management of the problem can prevent people from seeking help.

What Causes Incontinence?

There are many causes of incontinence, including infections, pregnancy, surgery and obesity. It can also be brought on by a variety of diseases, like diabetes, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. 

Types of Incontinence 

Stress Incontinence—a small amount of urine is released by every day physical activities such as laughing, coughing
and sneezing.
Urge Incontinence—the urge to urinate comes on so suddenly that it is often impossible to reach a toilet in time.
Overflow Incontinence—the bladder is constantly filled, causing it to release small amounts of urine frequently.
Reflex Incontinence—the absence of bladder control due to impaired nerve function.
Fecal Incontinence—impaired rectal sensation or muscle control that results in the loss of stool or staining of underclothes.


At PinnacleHealth Physical Therapy in Dillsburg you will find a conservative approach to solving your incontinence problem. We advocate a self-help program of exercise and surface electromyogram, which has proven effective in helping many patients regain bladder and/or bowel control.
The exercises are essential in strengthening the muscles that support the pelvic and/or prostate organs. When weakened or stretched, the muscles can cause or contribute to the problem of incontinence. The exercises you will learn are simple to do, but they play a major role in helping you overcome incontinence.

What Is EMG?

EMG helps you understand the natural body signals that take place before incontinence occurs. It enables you to learn how to control the muscles, which prevents untimely wetting by giving you immediate feedback while you exercise. Generally the exercises and EMG program can be mastered in four to nine weeks.

Take the First Step to Bladder or Bowel Control

Whether you experience little accidents of wetting, major urine loss or bowel incontinence, you now have hope of regaining control without surgery or medication. Contact your personal physician for more information or for an appointment.

PinnacleHealth Physical Therapy of Dillsburg
One Trinity Drive East
Suite 110
Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-7719