Date of Award

1994

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Thomas Mohr

Keywords

Urinary Incontinence -- therapy

Abstract

p>Urinary incontinence is a common problem for many females in the united states. Most people with this problem believe that their main options for treatment are surgery or medications. People with incontinence, along with their attending physician, often do not realize the types of conservative therapy that are available for the treatment of urinary incontinence in females. As the understanding of urinary incontinence has increased, there has also been an increased awareness of the role of physical therapy in the conservative treatment of the problem.

The purpose of this paper is to review the literature regarding the assessment and treatment of urinary incontinence in females. Background information on the anatomy and physiology of the intact urinary system in females, description of the most common types of incontinence, and a discussion of some assessment techniques for the physical therapist will be presented. The study also will provide information on some of the assessment techniques that other health care professionals are involved in. In addition, the most commonly utilized treatment techniques available to physical therapists will be reviewed and treatment guidelines will be outlined.

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