In some cases, urinary incontinence can be a combination of both stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and urge incontinence. It is important to realize that if you have mixed incontinence, but only treat one of the two types, you will still have incontinence. In other words, both types of incontinence must be treated to see desirable results.
If you are diagnosed with either SUI or urge incontinence, make sure that your doctor has ruled out the other type. You will want to make sure that you do not, in fact, have mixed incontinence. Correct diagnosis is important for getting the right treatment.
For more information about mixed incontinence, please read about both stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Medical Reviewer: Beth Shelly PT, DPT, BCIA-PMDB
Dr. Shelly is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and has been practicing in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa for over 25 years, specializing in women’s and men’s health. She has board certifications in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback and as a Women’s Health Specialist. She has authored nine professional chapters and multiple articles in the field of women’s health. She has taught over 100 three-day CEU courses mostly on Pelvic PT / gynecology / urology and has sat on several national and international boards. She speaks internationally and currently is working to develop distance-learning methods for pelvic physical therapy. She has an active blog reviewing Pelvic PT literature and a monthly distance journal club. She has a private practice treating outpatients with various pelvic floor and obstetric dysfunctions in Moline, Illinois. She offers individual phone mentoring and private on site courses. She is the 2007 recipient of the Elizabeth Noble award for leadership and dedication from the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association.