Continence Restoration

The Continence Restoration Program at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center treats patients experiencing difficulty with incontinence using behavioral methods that include strengthening pelvic floor muscles, retraining the bladder, and making dietary changes. Our Physical Therapists have been specially trained in treating patients with stress, urge or mixed urinary incontinence, as well as fecal incontinence and pelvic pain.

Patients undergo a four-week program of pelvic floor muscle retraining, biofeedback, electric stimulation and a home exercise program. Patients are also given instruction in appropriate dietary changes, voiding schedules and tools to decrease urgency and promote healthy bladder and bowel habits.

The Continence Restoration Program would be beneficial to anyone with the following conditions that have resulted in involuntary urine loss:

  • Pelvic floor muscle atrophy
  • Unstable bladder
  • Postpartum trauma
  • Stress, urge or mixed incontinence

The Continence Restoration Program aims to:

  • Decrease involuntary urine loss due to coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, etc. and minimize need for absorbent materials.
  • Normalize patients voiding schedules and teach patients ways to decrease urgency.
  • Teach patients a home exercise program to allow for continued improvement in maintaining continence.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is able to work with most insurance companies. A referral to the Continence Restoration Program can be obtained by either contacting the Rehabilitation Department or by obtaining a prescription from your physician. It is preferred that the patient undergoes a urinalysis to rule out a urinary tract infection and a pelvic exam from their physician prior to scheduling an appointment.

For more information regarding the program, please call the Physical Therapy Department at 818-953-4430.

If you do not have a physician and would like a free physician referral, call the Providence Health Resource Center at 1-888-HEALING (1-888-432-5464).

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