Have you ever?
- leaked urine when you coughed, sneezed or laughed?
- lost bowel or bladder control with a strong urge?
- worn pads because you were afraid of leaking?
- changed your plans because of fear of bowel or bladder leakage?
- awakened several times during the night to urinate, or had nighttime leakage?
- been told that incontinence and leaking is a normal
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Approximately 25 million Americans
experience some form of incontinence in their lifetimes. Incontinence can affect men and women of any age, but it is not a normal part of life. The LIFT program can help.
Leakage and incontinence facts and treatment (LIFT)
The Beaumont Leakage and Incontinence Facts and Treatment (LIFT) program is a specialized physical therapy program that addresses the reasons for incontinence. It is designed to decrease and even eliminate the causes of the condition. The LIFT program
offers confidence, convenience and hope to men and women who are dealing with incontinence or other voiding dysfunction.
Beaumont’s highly trained pelvic floor physical therapists are experienced and licensed by the state of Michigan. We are active in national and international research programs and medical associations. We use the latest research and evidence based
interventions to compassionately address each patient’s individual concerns and symptoms.
LIFT is offered at several Beaumont outpatient sites throughout Southeast Michigan. We offer flexible, convenient appointment times with therapists who specialize in the treatment of men and women with incontinence.
Bowel and/or bladder incontinence is not ever a normal part of life. There is hope. Our therapists are trained to evaluate each individual to determine the reason for the incontinence and develop an individualized program to address all contributing factors.
Why do you leak?
Pelvic floor muscle weakness is a main contributor to urinary and bowel incontinence. Many different factors may cause muscle weakness. The factors may be apparent at a number of different times, especially:
- after surgery (prostatectomy, hysterectomy or other pelvic surgeries)
- during inactivity or with excessive activity
- after childbirth
- during/after menopause
You can also have weakness because of muscle tightness. If the pelvic floor is over tightened, it cannot work correctly to stop the flow of urine or bowel movements.
The Beaumont LIFT program may be able to help if you experience: