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Treating Incontinence in Women with Osteoporosis

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
03/22/16  10:22 AM PST

Study finds way to help women with both incontinence and osteoporosis

By Robin Caryn Rabin for The New York Times

Many women with osteoporosis also suffer from incontinence. Now a Canadian clinical trial has found that simple pelvic floor muscle training can significantly reduce leakage episodes.

Women with osteoporosis are at risk for incontinence because fractures of the lumbar spine can make them slump, putting more pressure on the pelvic floor, said Chantale Dumoulin, a professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Montreal and senior author of the study, published online earlier this month inMenopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.

In the study, 46 post-menopausal women with osteoporosis or low bone density and occasional incontinence reduced their leakage episodes by 75 percent after just 12 weekly sessions of physical therapy. A comparison group of similar women who did not get physical therapy saw no improvement, the study found. A year later, the 23 women who had three months of physical therapy maintained their improvement, while the incontinence of the 23 women in the control group, who received only education about osteoporosis, had worsened, researchers found.

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  1. Posted August 11, 2016 at 11:50 am PST

    I have MS and I have been inconvenient especially when in constipated and I have started always bring hatched over not standing up straight I’m starting physical therapy next week I seen these articles and would like as much information to help me with this problem . THANK YOU.

  2. Aimee Sharp
    Posted August 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm PST

    Hi Ms. Slider. Thank you for your comment. If you’re looking for more articles about incontinence, we would recommend, “How Diet Affects Bladder Control“, our “Managing Fecal and Urinary Incontinence Webinar Video and Supplemental Material” and “Understanding The Diagnoses Behind Incontinence.” Please let us know if you have any specific questions. -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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