New Physical Therapy Program at Texas Health Azle Helps Resolve Incontinence
05/20/2009

AZLE, Texas — A new women’s health physical therapy program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle can help urinary incontinence sufferers regain control and confidence.

“Urinary incontinence is a common problem that women are twice as likely to have than men. Our goal is to get women comfortable talking with their physician about this issue, so they can receive therapy instead of surgery,” said Stephanie Snyder, a physical therapist at Texas Health Azle who is leading the program.

Many women believe it’s something they just have to deal with after childbirth or because of aging. Although the most common cases stem from the postpartum and elderly populations, urinary incontinence can affect women of all ages despite pre-existing health status or conditions.

There are four types of urinary incontinence:

  • Stress incontinence is a small leaking that occurs when you cough, laugh, sneeze or engage any motion that applies too much pressure on the bladder. It can result from pregnancy and childbirth, aging, participation in high-impact sports and from being overweight.
  • Urge incontinence, often referred to as “overactive bladder,” is an urgent need to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. It is typically associated with women who suffer from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or a urinary tract infection.
  • Mixed incontinence, which affects most women diagnosed with urinary incontinence, is a combination of both stress and urge incontinence.
  • Overflow incontinence is an inability to completely empty the bladder when going to the bathroom. Frequent or constant dribbling of urine can often be the result of this type of incontinence.

Due to the lack of understanding about treatment options for urinary incontinence, most people do not know that the problem can often times be corrected through physical therapy programs such as the one at Texas Health Azle.

“Pelvic floor training can effectively manage and, in some cases, resolve incontinence. It involves performing exercises to strengthen muscles that control the flow of urine,” said Snyder.

Snyder has 11 years of physical therapy experience with a focus on urinary incontinence and women’s health physical therapy.

For more information about the women’s health physical therapy program, call 817-444-8600.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has served Azle, Springtown, Lake Worth and greater northwest Tarrant and Parker Counties since 1954. The hospital’s services include cardiology, orthopedics, imaging and rehabilitation. Texas Health Azle is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Azle.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.