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ORIGINAL RESEARCH REPORT
Year : 2001  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-27

Progressive Resistance Exercises for the Pelvic Floor Muscles in the Treatment of Urinary Stress Incontinence in Women


Physiotherapy Department, College of Medicine, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital,University of Lagos, PMB 12003, Lagos

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O A Olawale
Physiotherapy Department, College of Medicine, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital,University of Lagos, PMB 12003, Lagos

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to show the efficacy of progressive resistance exercises for the pelvic floor muscles in the treatment of urinary stress incontinence in women. Methods: Three non-pregnant women with urinary stress incontinence participated in the study. They were aged 35, 32 and 37 years respectively. The study was carried out at the Physiotherapy Department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. The patients were managed with resisted exercises involving the use of vaginal cones to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. A digital assessment of the musculature of the pelvic floor was carried out at baseline and weekly until the end of the treatment period. Results: The three patients reported full recovery from urine incontinence at the end of four, weeks, three weeks and two weeks of treatment respectively. Also, the strength of the pelvic floor muscles improved significantly in all patients at the end of the treatment period. Conclusion: The small size may be attributed to the social stigma attached to this condition as many sufferers usually shy away from seeking medical attention in public hospitals. However, the results obtained from the study further emphasized the benefits of resisted exercises for the pelvic floor in the treatment of urinary incontinence in women.


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