Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing yet common problem in the female population. It can affect women through all stages of life and of all ages. This course will outline how the pelvic floor muscles contribute to female urinary incontinence and it will introduce attendees to the physiotherapy assessment.

The lecture will cover the following:

  • The different classifications of UI
  • An overview of the subjective assessment for female UI
  • Other objective tests used in female UI
  • An overview of the objective assessment for female UI
  • The use of EMG and Ultrasound in the assessment of female UI

This is the first in a two part course on the female urinary incontinence. It includes downloadable course notes, 1.5hrs video presentation and a set of MCQ’s for accreditation.

Management and treatment will follow in a subsequent course to complete the series.


Clinical Relevance

The prevalence of UI in females can range between 25 to 40% of the female population. This prevalence increases with increasing age. This is an embarrassing problem for most women and is often under-reported in most communities.

Management of UI includes behavioural modification and bladder training, pelvic floor training, pessaries, medication and surgery.

Physiotherapists provide conservative management by focusing on pelvic floor muscle training, biofeedback, behaviour modification and bladder training. This is a basic course which will introduce therapists to the field of pelvic health and the physiotherapy assessment of female urinary incontinence. Therapists will be introduced to the clinical reasoning and management that is required when working in this field so that more women who are suffering with this condition can be educated and empowered.


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