What is the role of rehabilitation in the treatment of bladder dysfunction?

Updated: Jan 04, 2019
  • Author: Gregory T Carter, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Early mobilization and transfer training are recommended to minimize urinary incontinence and other complications such as pressure sores. Pressure sores can easily become infected in patients who are incontinent.

Activities of daily living and self-care training are important for encouraging maintenance of hygiene and a more efficient use of hand and upper extremity function.

A study by Neville et al indicated that in women over age 65 years with urinary incontinence, individualized physical therapy can significantly decrease symptom severity and improve health-related quality of life. Results were assessed via a series of questionnaires, including the Incontinence Impact Questionnaire-7 and the International Consultation on Incontinence Modular Questionnaire-Urinary Incontinence. [20]


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