OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

More than 11 million men, women, and children suffer from urinary incontinence or pelvic pain. Although incontinence may be common, it is never considered normal. Most cases of bladder incontinence can be treated and controlled, if not cured. More treatments for incontinence are available than ever before.

At OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, we have specially trained physical therapists who can help determine the cause of incontinence and pain. They will work with you to determine your treatment plan.

Who Is It For?

Incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine, and close to one in 10 adults age 65 and older have episodes of incontinence. It is normal for adults in their 60s to have to void eight times per day and to get up one time during the night to go to the bathroom. Some people react to episodes of incontinence by decreasing social interactions with family and friends. Many cases of urinary incontinence can be successfully treated through physical therapy.

Types of incontinence include:

  • Urge incontinence occurs when the urge to urinate is very strong, and you do not make it to the restroom in time before a loss of urine occurs. With urge incontinence, the bladder contracts abnormally during filling. It can also occur when drinking fluids or with the sound or touch of running water.
  • Stress incontinence occurs when there is a loss of urine during physical activity such as coughing, laughing, jumping, sneezing, household chores, or rising from a chair or bed.
  • Overflow incontinence occurs when the bladder does not completely empty. This type may cause you to feel like your bladder is always full or force you to get up often at night.
  • Functional incontinence occurs when an individual has a disorder such as arthritis, which makes it difficult to make it to restroom.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain arises from muscle, or other soft tissue imbalances in the pelvic floor. Physical therapy will address these imbalances. A detailed assessment and partnership with your therapist can bring positive results.

What Does it Involve?

The good news is many cases of urinary incontinence and pelvic pain can be treated successfully. Some treatment plans may include the following:

  • Biofeedback - a process that allows an individual to monitor the ability to contract or relax a muscle
  • Bladder training - learning to control the need to void with techniques such as distraction and scheduled voiding
  • Exercises for the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder (i.e. Kegels)
  • Trigger point and myofascial release techniques
  • Diet modifications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Physiological quieting techniques
  • Bladder diary to increase awareness of patterns and habits

Preparing for Your Therapy

  • Please bring your photo ID and insurance card with you to your first appointment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your first appointment.
  • Initial evaluations will take up to 90 minutes.

Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Questionnaire (PDF - 85.6 KB)

Hours & Contact

Day(s) Time(s)
Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Talk to your doctor about a referral to OSF Rehabilitation Services. Please call (309) 661-6080 to schedule an evaluation with a therapist.

Failure to show up for two scheduled therapy sessions may result in discharge from our services.