Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e318171fb8d
Case Report

Treatment of a Child with Daytime Urinary Incontinence

Reilly, Margaret PT, MS, PCS; Homsy, Yves MD, FRCSC, FAAP

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Background and Purpose: This case report describes physical therapy management of a child with daytime urinary incontinence, taking into account the patient’s age as well as her emotional and cognitive development.

Case Description: An 8-year-old girl was referred for physical therapy with a diagnosis of pelvic floor muscle hypertonus and dysfunctional voiding. Functional deficits included daytime urinary incontinence (4–8 leaks/d, 7 d/wk) and increased voiding frequency (8–10 times/d). Intervention included age appropriate education, biofeedback, behavioral modification and performance of “roll for control” exercises.

Outcomes: Normal levels of voiding frequency occurred by the third therapy session, and complete recovery of normal function, including daytime continence, occurred by the eleventh therapy session.

Discussion: The outcome demonstrates the successful achievement of urinary continence in an 8-year-old child following physical therapy intervention of lower urinary tract rehabilitation.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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