Urinary Incontinence & The Sensors That Help Treatment
According to the American Urological Association, one-quarter to one-third of men and women in the United States experience urinary incontinence.
What Is Urinary Incontinence?: Urinary incontinence means a person cannot prevent urinating.
There are 4 types of incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence – People with stress incontinence leak urine when they exert themselves physically. For example, if someone leaks urine uncontrollably when they laugh, cough, jump, or sneeze, then they may have stress incontinence. It’s important to note that stress incontinence has nothing to do with the feelings associated with emotional stress; on the contrary, “stress” in the phrase refers to the physical strain associated with leakage. Stress incontinence happens when the urethral sphincter, the pelvic floor muscles, or both have been weakened or damaged.
- Overactive Bladder – People with overactive bladders frequently feel the urge to urinate, even when their bladder is empty. While there is currently no identifiable cause for overactive bladders, doctors have found that they can result from physical problems related to an accident or Neurol deformities.
- Overflow Incontinence – Overflow incontinence is defined by a bladder that never completely empties. This happens when something blocks urine from flowing out of the bladder normally. Overflow incontinence is usually caused by prostate issues.
- Reflex Incontinence – Reflex incontinence occurs when the bladder muscle contracts without any warning. This is generally caused by damage to the nerves that warn the brain when the bladder is full.
How Is Urinary Incontinence Treated?
Urinary incontinence can be treated with bladder training, medication, medical devices, or surgery. The specific treatment avenue prescribed will depend on the needs of the patient.
How Force Sensors Can Help Give Life To Incontinence Devices
In order for incontinence devices to be effective, they need to be able to monitor urine flows with the utmost precision. Force sensors are effortlessly incorporated into these medical devices to help measure the flow of urine as well as quickly alerting and responding to any blockage in the tubing, preventing any dangerous events from happening. Custom force sensors have been created by SMD Sensors specifically for incontinence and medical applications, custom load cell specs can be for size consideration, capacity limitations, temperature coefficient, and more.