An overactive bladder develops when the muscle of the bladder contracts more often than normal. This can happen even when the volume of urine in the bladder is small. It tends to increase with age and it affects 3 times more women than men. It is a treatable medical condition.
You will have the following symptoms:
Urine is formed when our kidneys remove waste and water from the blood. Urine flows downward from the kidneys through a pair of tubes called the ureters, into our bladder, which is a balloon-like structure located in the pelvis.
During urination, we empty our bladder when urine leaves the bladder through a tube called the urethra. The urethra is controlled by sphincter muscles. When the sphincter muscles relax, they open and allow urine to flow out. At the same time, the muscles of the bladder wall (i.e. detrusor muscles) contract to force the urine out. After urination, the sphincter muscles contract and close the urethra while the bladder stops contracting and relaxes.
The physiotherapist will assess your condition and review your 'bladder diary' (frequency-volume chart). This chart monitors your frequency of passing urine and the volume of urine passed each time and incontinence episodes. The physiotherapist will review you on a fortnightly interval to monitor progress. Based on the findings, your physiotherapist will prescribe therapy that best suits your needs. You can stop seeing the physiotherapist after you have achieved good bladder habits and do not have urinary leakage.
The Rehabilitation Department offers a wide range of therapy services for both women and children.
Our team of dedicated activity therapist, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech-language therapists strive to deliver high quality specialised services to all patients.
Physiotherapy is the first line of treatment for some urogynaecological conditions like urinary and pelvic organ prolapses. Physiotherapy treatment is safe and non-invasive and is an option before surgery is considered. Patients are often referred to the physiotherapist by the gynaecologist or urogynaecologist.
Rehabilitation Department is located on Basement One of the Children's Tower, KK Women's & Children Hospital.