Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a group of symptoms, not a disease, that is associated with sudden and frequent urge to urinate. Urinary urge incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine associated with a sudden, overwhelming urge to urinate. The prevalence of urge incontinence in women is thought to be between 20-30%. Although it is less common than stress incontinence, it can be quite debilitating when interfering with daily activities.
According to the American Urological Association (AUA) Guidelines for 2019 the first line of treatment for OAB should be behavioral strategies, as the interventions involve no risk to the patient and are non-invasive. A strong level of evidence provides support for the use of behavioral strategies including: bladder training, bladder control strategies, pelvic floor muscle training, and fluid management. A pelvic floor physical therapist is trained specifically to assist with these interventions.
If you or someone you know is experiencing OAB or urge incontinence please contact us or schedule an appointment with one of our pelvic floor specialists at MEND. Based on clinical experience, excellent progress can be made in as little as 1-2 treatments so don’t hesitate to reach out!