04 Dec 2015 12:41:09 MST Written by: Administration
You’ve seen the ads on television - the ones that say “when you’ve really got to go,” or “do you feel like an accident waiting to happen?” Not being able to hold your urine or having issues in your pelvic area can create an embarrassing situation, but it’s important to know the facts and know that there is something you can do to improve your quality of life.
Mountain View Therapy at Montrose Memorial Hospital has two staff members with specialty training to help with urinary and fecal leakage, constipation, urinary urgency and frequency, pelvic pain, pelvis muscle dysfunction, pain with sexual intercourse, pre or post pregnancy pain and post-surgical pelvic pain. Jane Kelly, CWOCN, is a nurse who specializes in all types of continence issues and she works closely with Laura Bielak, DPT, physical therapist, who focuses on pelvic pain and pelvic muscle dysfunction. Collaboratively they work with your care provider to make recommendations for treatment, pelvic muscle retraining, and referrals for further evaluation if needed. They have confidence in their work knowing they have been able to help patients return to previous levels of comfort. Their work has reflected what the studies show: 85% of people with these concerns can be helped with conservative treatment and behavioral changes alone.
It’s important to know that aging does not cause most people’s incontinence issues and it is not a “fact of life” that must be tolerated. In addition to health concerns it can make people afraid to leave their homes and become isolated because they need to stay close to the bathroom. This topic can be embarrassing and uncomfortable to talk about so Jane and Laura take the time to get to know you personally and then do a full and focused physical. They may have you keep a bladder and/or bowel diary to see if there are any dietary triggers that make your symptoms worse. In addition, they can measure how your pelvic muscles are working to see if some need to be stronger and if others need to relax to reach a good balance.
If you have any of these concerns, please start the discussion with your care provider. If you need help with that conversation, call Mountain View Therapy at 252-2646 and ask to talk to Laura Bielak or Jane Kelly. The Pelvic Health program may be the beginning of a brighter future.
Leann Tobin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, MMH 240-7344