An overactive bladder occurs when the muscle of the bladder is contracting more frequently then normal. It is characterised by symptoms including the uncontrollable urge to empty the bladder during both the day and night (nocturia). This increased sensitivity is commonly associated with aging and affects women 3 times more than men.
It may also be associated with urge incontinence, which occurs when there is urine leakage following the overwhelming urge of a full bladder without being able to make it to the toilet in time.
An overactive bladder has the potential to significantly impact someone’s quality of life in a number of ways. Often when people find their lives are revolving around their access to a toilet and plan their day accordingly. It is also very common for people suffering with an overactive bladder to avoid social situations to avoid any potential embarrassment and stress.
It is also very common for people with an overactive bladder to experience high levels of fatigue due to the regular disturbances during the night to go the toilet and therefore interfering with sleep patterns.
Many people that suffer with an overactive bladder just decide to live with it, as they are unaware there are options available.
Your physiotherapist will be able to assess your individual situation and provide you with possible conservative treatment options before going down the path of more invasive possibilities.
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