Date of Award
Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Urinary Incontinence -- rehabilitation
The purpose of this study is to determine the outcome of physical therapy treatment for the pelvic floor dysfunction of urinary incontinence based on percent resolution and pelvic floor strength. Percent resolution is based on the number of leakage episodes and amount, and the number and type of pads used. Pelvic floor strength is based on the length of the endurance hold, the number of repetitions, and functional use. It was found that 60% of patients had 100% resolution and 93% of patients regained functional strength following treatment. Of the remaining 40% of patients who did not have 100% resolution, 20% had less than one small leakage episode per week. The 7% of patients who did not regain functional strength were discharged as functional. These patients just did not meet the standard thirty repetitions or ten second endurance hold. This study helps prove that the pelvic floor dysfunction of urinary incontinence can be effectively treated with conservative treatment.
Lundy, Mary E., "Outcome of Physical Therapy Treatment for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Based on Percent Resolution and Pelvic Floor Strength" (2000). Physical Therapy Scholarly Projects. 293.