Millions of people suffer from bladder/bowel control problems, yet it is, understandably, still a very sensitive subject. Women suffer from this condition more often than men, as a result of childbirth, menopause and female urinary structure. However many men also suffer from these issues as a result of prostate dysfunctions, surgical procedures, or male urinary structure.  Too many men and women wait years before seeking medical treatment due to embarrassment. Yet incontinence is treatable and often curable, without either surgery or drugs.

Pre-Prostatectomy Treatment

  • The first visit to our physical therapists will include a thorough history evaluation. You will be asked questions regarding your overall medical issues, current bowel and bladder functioning, your present symptoms and your bowel/bladder habits will be discussed. 

  • You will be educated on information regarding how surgery can affect your bladder, water intake, bladder irritants, things to avoid post surgery, and abdominal strengthening in regards to pelvic floor strengthening

  • A Therapist will assess posture and strength of your body as well as strength testing of the pelvic floor muscles

  • A “pre” gram will be given to help “kick start”the muscles that can be affected by a prostatectomy

  • A special list of “Do’s & Don’ts” will be issued to help promote healing and bladder control post surgery

Post-Prostatectomy Treatment

  • Therapist will discuss your history in regards to the patient’s pre and post status. The surgery will be discussed including any complications, current bowel and bladder status will be reviewed, especially the amount of leakage you are having, pad use, etc.

  • You will be educated on information regarding water intake, bladder irritants, the importance of bowel regularity, scar management and techniques to reduce urine leakage

  • Assessment of posture,wound sites and pelvic floor strength externally or if necessary internally

  • You will be instructed on kegel/strengthening of the pelvic floor, abdominal strength and pressure gradient techniques.

You can make sure you get physical therapy that improves your condition, along with understanding, empathy and personalized care by working with the staff at Physical Therapy for Women. We are highly experienced in treating stress, urge and mixed types of urinary incontinence, as well as fecal incontinence.

Some conservative, nonsurgical treatment options include:

  • Appropriate exercise, muscle awareness, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, biofeedback, manual therapy and bladder/bowel retraining can reduce the incidence of incontinence.

  • We also offer one-on-one counseling, education and guidance with these therapies to help you get back to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Here at Physical Therapy for Women, we treat you with compassion, respect and an uncompromising level of personalized medical care. If you have any questions, please call.

1630 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 110, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403 | (910)798-2318 | email