OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Pelvic Health

Female Incontinence Restroom Sign Do you struggle with urinary leakage?  Do not accept this as a normal part of aging. Changes due to childbirth and menopause do not sentence you to a life with leakage. Sadly, half of all women with pelvic health problems have not talked to their doctor.  If you are one of these women, let today be the day you start your journey to a better quality of life.

There are many causes of urinary incontinence, such as activity, diet, constipation, urinary tract infections, pregnancy, childbirth, hysterectomy or aging.  In the more serious cases it could be urinary tract blockage, bowel obstruction, cancer, tumors and neurological disorders.

Talk to your doctor about your specific symptoms and ask what step in the following 3-step approach may be best the place for you to start.

 

3-Step Urinary Fitness Journey 

1. First consider - Wellness, Exercise and Fitness

This approach is to strengthen the pelvic floor by doing Kegel exercises. Contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscle must be done correctly in order to work..  60% of women perform it incorrectly. When performed correctly the benefits can be:

  • Improved urinary and bowel leakage and often eliminated entirely
  • Improved sexual activities
  • Decreased need for medications and surgery
  • improved overall health and quality of life

Who can help?  The OSF Wellness team of professional trainers have the ability to discretely and effectively work with women to properly perform exercises vital to pelvic floor strengthening.  This non-invasive treatment is economical and sometimes covered by insurance.  No physician referral required.

Contact one of our exercise specialists at (309) 282-1635 or (309) 282-1636 to make an appointment today.

 

2. When exercise is not enough - Physical Therapy

Some cases of pelvic floor dysfunction are more serious.  Bladder leakage and pelvic pain can often be managed or eliminated through a comprehensive physical therapy plan,  When the sessions are finished the results show:

  • Most women are able to return to normal activities
  • Improved overall health and improved quality of life

Who can help?  Ask your physician if physical therapy can help improve your condition. If yes, the Outpatient Rehabilitation team of the Illinois Neurological Institute at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center can help.

Contact the physical therapy specialists at (309) 624-8575

 

3. Long-term solutions needed - Surgery

In some cases, symptoms like urinary leakage and pelvic pain don't respond to conservative treatments like exercise or physical therapy.  Surgery is then an option to bring you a better quality of life.  Consider the risks versus the benefits to decide if it is the right long term solution for you.

Who can help?  Talk to your doctor and get a referral to one of the urologists at the OSF Medical Group-Urology practice.

Contact OSF Medical Group-Urology at (309) 308-0920