There are several type of urinary incontinences. We’ve talked extensively about stress incontinence and urge incontinence, however there is one type of incontinence you may not know much about: functional incontinence.
What is Functional Incontinence?
Functional incontinence is caused by an inability to reach the bathroom before it’s too late. Most of these problems can be attributed to physical ailments, vision impairments or cognitive impairment. In most cases, people with functional incontinence have a normal-functioning bladder; they just experience problems that in the way of the toilet.
Who is at Risk for Functional Incontinence?
Anyone with an illness or condition that prevents them from safely getting to the bathroom can be at risk for functional incontinence. These people may suffer from arthritis or joint pains and have trouble standing up, taking off their clothes and sitting down on the toilet. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia may not be cognitive enough to know when their bladder is full and therefore, wet themselves. Obese individuals, bedridden patients and people who use a wheelchair may also have difficulty getting to the bathroom before having an accident.
Treatments for Functional Incontinence
Treatment for functional incontinence depends on what is preventing the sufferer from reaching the toilet in time:
Functional incontinence, and all other types of incontinence, can be prevented and treated. If you or your loved one is experiencing involuntary bladder leakages, contact a doctor as soon as possible.