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Incontinence care

Taking control of your bladder health

Over 13 million women in the United States — 15 to 35 percent of women nationwide — suffer from urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control at some point in their lives. Though it can strike at any age, urinary incontinence is most common in women over 50. Depending on the type of incontinence, treatments will vary. Novant Health UVA Health System partners with a variety of physicians and practitioners in our area to provide access to treatment that is right for you.

Physical therapy can be beneficial in treating incontinence. Novant Health UVA Health System offers programs designed to help manage incontinence and get you back to your normal routine. These services are available at the Culpeper Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center

Based on your symptoms and a physical exam, our physical therapists will determine which of the following treatments will work best for you:

  • Pelvic floor exercise to increase strength in the muscles near the bladder
  • Bladder training to train your bladder to hold and release urine
  • General exercise to improve overall muscle strength, endurance and functional mobility
  • Dietary education to help identify foods and beverages that may aggravate the bladder, such as caffeine and alcohol
  • Electrical stimulations to increase muscle strength and decrease symptoms of bladder irritability
  • Biofeedback to train the pelvic muscles to work more efficiently

If your physician recommends physical therapy for treatment of incontinence, a prescription is provided.

For urinary incontinence physical therapy, please contact one of our locations:

  • Rehabilitation - Haymarket 571-261-3260
  • Rehabilitation - Powell Wellness Center 540-829-4162
  • Rehabilitation - Madison 540-948-3620