The Causes of Urinary Incontinence

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Common Causes of Urinary Incontinence

At Western Berks Physical Therapy, we use physical therapy to treat a variety of different ailments and conditions, including pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a multitude of different pelvic floor disorders. From pelvic pain and spasms to bladder pain, there are a number of different conditions that fall into this category. The majority of pelvic floor disorders stem from damage to the different muscles and ligaments in the pelvic region or specifically, as the Virginia Hospital Center indicates, “the area between the pubic bone and the coccyx bone at the tip of the spine.” One common pelvic floor disorder that we help treat here at Western Berks Physical Therapy is urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence is the loss of voluntary bladder control, which leads to urine leakage. Urinary incontinence may be temporary or chronic, depending on the cause. Common causes of urinary incontinence may include:


Childbirth, specifically vaginal delivery, can lead to persistent incontinence. Your body undergoes a significant amount of stress, changes, and even damage during childbirth. According to the Mayo Clinic, vaginal delivery can “weaken the muscles needed for bladder control and also damage bladder nerves and supportive tissue, leading to a dropped (prolapsed) pelvic floor.” Pelvic floor exercises may help those muscles regain strength.

Enlarged Prostate

It is clear that childbirth is linked to the development of incontinence in women, but what could cause this condition in men? Older men who have an enlarged prostate may often also experience incontinence. According to the Mayo Clinic, this condition may specifically be referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Old Age

Unfortunately, no one is safe from the changes that occur with old age. As your body ages, the bladder muscle can become weaker and decrease your bladder’s capacity to store urine. This is something that can potentially affect everyone later on in life.

Whatever the reason may be, the team at Western Berks Physical Therapy is dedicated to helping you overcome your urinary incontinence. We offer non-surgical treatment options that may help with the correction of pelvic floor dysfunction. Contact us today to learn more.

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