Do you feel like you go to the toilet to pass urine more often than normal?
Do you get sudden, strong uncontrollable urges to pass urine?
Do you leak urine before you reach the toilet?
If you answer yes to some or all of the above questions then you may well have Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB).
OAB is an extremely common condition in women, with reports suggesting that it affects as many as 17% of the adult female population.
The severity of symptoms will vary greatly between women – for some OAB symptoms are a minor inconvenience but for some symptoms are severe and it may feel like your bladder is ruling your life. If you think that you may have OAB then you should check with your GP as occasionally other conditions, such as urinary tract infections, may give you similar symptoms and other causes should be ruled out before diagnosing OAB.
The good news is that OAB can be improved and in many cases cured with treatment. First-line treatment for OAB usually includes pelvic floor muscle training, advice on fluid intake, bladder training and other lifestyle advice.
Women’s Health Physiotherapists are physiotherapists who have undergone specialist training in the assessment and management of pelvic floor muscle disorders and bladder and bowel problems. Therefore, Women’s Health Physiotherapists are ideal health professionals to help you treat your OAB and stop your bladder ruling your life.