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The Urinary Incontinence Program at Palos

Helping you regain urinary control

Incontinence, involuntary loss of bladder control, affects people of all ages. It may often be a symptom of another medical condition, such as pregnancy or prostate disease.

The two most common type of incontinence are Urge and Stress. Urge incontinence is the sudden need to pass urine and the inability to get to the bathroom in time. Stress incontinence can cause sudden leakage during an activity or a sudden movement such as exercise, coughing, laughing or sneezing.

How Palos Can Help

The Urinary Incontinence Program at Palos Community Hospital combines exercise, behavior modification and nutritional information to help you effectively control your bladder and resume a more normal lifestyle. Many patients prefer these therapeutic options over surgery and medications because they provide a less invasive solution without side effects.

Our program's exercise and behavior modification component offers computer-aided feedback to help patients learn to strengthen and control the muscles that affect incontinence.

Since food and beverage choices contribute to incontinence, a second major facet of the program involves identifying foods that may irritate the bladder wall and create the sensation or urge to urinate. Program participants work with therapists to identify substitutes for these irritating substances.

Specially Trained Staff

The Urinary Incontinence Program at Palos is staffed by specially trained physical therapists who provide services at both the hospital and the Palos Primary Care Center in Orland Park.

What will my first appointment be like?

Your first appointment may last an hour, as the physical therapist reviews your history and educates you on proper exercise and behavior modification techniques. Subsequent sessions occur one a week for four to eight weeks.

Approximately three to four days before your first appointment, you may need to complete a log documenting your urination history. This history provides valuable insight about the frequency, timing and triggers leading up to incontinence episodes.

Is the program for me?

It is time to start talking. Talking to your health care professional is the first step you need to take. Your physician can help determine if the program is right for you. Patients must have a referral from a physician to enter the program. Undergoing a physician's exam before enrolling is crucial in identifying any overriding medical problem that may be causing incontinence symptoms.

Making an appointment

If you believe you need help or would like more information about Palos Community Hospital's Urinary Incontinence Program, call the Physical Therapy department at (708) 923-5050.