What is overactive bladder?
Overactive bladder is a kind of urinary incontinence that is also called urge incontinence. People who suffer from overactive bladder often feel the need to urinate, even when their bladder isn't actually full. The urge to urinate can strike very suddenly, and result in accidental urine leakage in many cases. Overactive bladder is a very common type of urinary incontinence today.
Age is a risk factor for overactive bladder, as it's more common in menopausal women. In men, an enlarged prostate gland — a common issue as men age — raises risk. Neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, raise the risk for overactive bladder as well. Other possible risk factors include multiple pregnancies, obesity, and previous pelvic surgery.
The most obvious sign of an overactive bladder is rapid onset urinary urges, even if there isn't any urine within the bladder. Although overactive bladder isn't typically painful, it can cause twinges and a strong sensation of pressure. Thus, it can be extremely uncomfortable.
The treatment for overactive bladder depends on the individual patient and on the cause of the condition.
Urodynamic testing helps the urologists at Urology Associates of South Florida determine the reason that the bladder acts in this way, and allows for a customized treatment plan can be designed.
In many cases, lifestyle changes can be very helpful. This may include losing weight, making some changes in food and drink choices, and doing strengthening exercises. There are prescription medications that can help control overactive bladder, as well.
Botox is a highly effective treatment for overactive bladder, especially in cases where the condition was caused by neurologic condition. Botox targets the bladder itself, calming the nerves that spasm out of control in cases of overactive bladder. When the nerves are forced to relax, the persistent urge to urinate will be gone.
Treatment of overactive bladder may require a combination approach. The urology team at Urology Associates of South Florida is ready to help each person find the solution that works best for them.
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