Overactive bladder is a condition that causes the patient to have a sudden, strong urge to urinate. In some cases, this urge may be impossible to control, and the patient may experience incontinence.
Overactive bladder occurs when the muscles of the bladder contract involuntarily, despite a low volume of urine in the bladder. In some cases, this condition may develop for no apparent reason. However, some risk factors and conditions that may lead to overactive bladder include:
Some of the symptoms of overactive bladder include:
The severity of these symptoms can vary.
The doctors at Urology Associates Medical Group may suspect overactive bladder when a patient comes in with unexplained, frequent urges to urinate. To diagnose this disorder, the doctor will begin by reviewing the patient’s medical history and asking specific questions about symptoms. Next, the doctor may order tests to investigate the issue further, such as:
The treatments recommended to patients with overactive bladder often depend on the factors contributing to the issue. For example, if the patient has a urinary tract infection, antibiotics can clear the infection and eliminate the symptoms. However, patients with overactive bladder related to other causes may need medications, bladder injections, nerve stimulation therapy, or surgery. Certain behavioral therapies may also benefit patients with overactive bladder.
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