University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Women's Health


Dr. Royshanda Smith


ABSTRACT. Urinary Incontinence can be categorized into Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI) and Mixed Urinary Incontinence (MUI). SUI is the most common type of UI but they all poses a significant economic burden as well as negatively affecting one's Quality of Life (QoL).1 The total annual cost exceeded $24 billion dollars in the United States alone with the majority attributed to resources used for incontinence management or routine care patients pay out-of-pocket for absorption pads, protection or laundry.1 Although pharmacotherapy is widely used by most primary care providers due to its low-cost margin, the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends physiotherapy as the first line treatment of UI.2 Therefore, the aim of this article is to detail physical therapy intervention such as pelvic floor physical therapy (PFMT) in effectively treating women with SUI.


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