It's World Continence Week! 22 - 28 June 2015

Image of women surrounded by statistics regarding incontinence

The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre is a proud supporter of World Continence Week.  

World Continence Week is an initiative of the International Continence Society to raise awareness of incontinence related issues and is coordinated in Australia by the Continence Foundation, and supported by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Incontinence affects the lives of almost 5 million Australians. After childbirth 1 in 3 women have urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence can be stress, frequency, urge or mixed. The prevalence of urinary incontinence increases with age and is most commonly caused by a weakened pelvic floor due to pregnancy, menopause, obesity and other conditions such as constipation and chronic cough. Heavy lifting, being overweight, or constipated can cause incontinence in men.  Read the interesting article regarding male incontinence published by the Financial Review here.

Incontinence can be treated and managed with pelvic floor muscle training and lifestyle modification. The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre has a physiotherapist specialising in continence, Courtney Weybury.  Courtney is available for consultation Monday to Friday.  If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment to see to Courtney, please phone 9650 9372 or book online.

For more information & resources visit the Continence Foundation of Australia website here.