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CMH Physical Therapy successful in treating urinary incontinence

A survey of patients who received physical therapy treatment for urinary incontinence at Community Memorial Hospital during the past year shows the success of the program. Out of 16 patients, 13 met the standard set of outcomes by the time they w...

A survey of patients who received physical therapy treatment for urinary incontinence at Community Memorial Hospital during the past year shows the success of the program. Out of 16 patients, 13 met the standard set of outcomes by the time they were discharged from the program.

Physical therapist Heidi Ramsdell is in charge of the program. She said the first visit involves an evaluation and is usually followed by two or three additional sessions.

Therapies typically include exercises, behavioral modifications and even dietary changes. Biofeedback is done during the first visit to determine the strength of the pelvic muscles. At each followup visit, biofeedback is repeated to see if the exercises and behavioral changes have made a difference in pelvic muscle strength and to determine if the treatment program needs to be modified.

If you would like more information on this physical therapy program for urinary incontinence, contact your physician or the CMH physical therapy department at 218-878-7026.

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