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Physios overlooked in incontinence management

More than six million Australians live with some form of incontinence and yet the majority – 62 per cent – never seek professional help and physiotherapists are often overlooked.

Jenny Phillips

This is despite evidence that incontinence can be better treated, managed and, in many cases, can even be cured at any age, according to the Continence Foundation of Australia.

The Foundation’s Continence Health in Australia report released this month shows significantly higher prevalence in women who have given birth, people with arthritis, mental health disorders, disabilities, diabetes and men with prostate problems.

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) continence and women’s health physiotherapist Jenny Phillips says many women keep it a secret for years before asking for help.

“It’s really important for women to know that there is excellent support out there,” Ms Phillips told Community Care Review.

“Women’s health physios in particular can put them at ease while they treat the cause and help them get back to living confidently.”

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