Stress Urinary IncontinencePhysiotherapy
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is often found in women and affects their physical, psychosocial, and economic well-being. Two thirds of women suffering from urinary incontinence reported a negative impact on quality of life.
- Lead school School of Health Professions
- Institute Physiotherapy
- Research unit Pelvic Floor Health
- Funding organisation SNSF
- Duration 01.08.2014 - 31.12.2019
- Project management Prof. Dr. Lorenz Radlinger
- Head of project Prof. Dr. Lorenz Radlinger
Dr. Helena Luginbühl
Prof. Dr. Lorenz Radlinger
Prof. Dr. med Annette Kuhn
Dr. Patric Eichelberger
- Keywords reflexes, functional activities, rate of force development, power, involuntary, reactive
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of two different therapy training programs in female patients suffering from SUI in a randomized controlled trial with six months follow-up.
Course of action
This trial focusses on involuntary power or rate of force development training (experimental group, n=48) against a commonly applied training program aiming at voluntary power or rate of force development training (control group, n=48). Primary outcome is urine loss and quality of life assessed by the ICIQ-UI short form questionnaire of those 16 weeks standardized physiotherapy programs.
The ICIQ-UIsf score decreased significantly over time for both groups with no group differences at any point in time and showed a clinically relevant effect on SUI of two PT protocols.
The investigation of function-oriented pelvic floor muscle training methods for hypertrophy, intramuscular coordination, power, and power endurance training, which are comparable with “common” skeletal muscle training, i.e., performed with higher intensities than in “common” pelvic floor muscle training, should be further investigated.