Nurse Practitioner Dale Ann Dorsey discusses urinary incontinence and shares where you can get an Athena PMT device to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to treat urinary incontinence.
Dale Ann Dorsey:
The Athena device is available on the market. It is the only FDA-approved wireless electrical stimulator available.
It can be purchased. It is by prescription only so you will need to see a healthcare provider to obtain it.
The patient may have to educate the provider about the device. You can go to the Athena Web site and they will be able to put you in touch with a provider that is familiar with the device.
There are over 20 million women in the United States that suffer from urinary incontinence and unfortunately less than half of them ever talk to their healthcare provider about the problem.
One of the reasons that women don’t seek help is, number one, they are embarrassed.
They are also afraid that their healthcare provider will not know how to treat it or that they are unaware that there is any treatment for it.
The problems with urinary incontinence are not often just one issue. It’s often several different things that need to be addressed.
Too much urine, we can treat things with medication; we can treat things with the physical therapy and with the pelvic muscle floor strengthening.
And also there’s bladder training that can be done. So there’s many different things and there is treatment.
Probably eight out of ten women can be cured of their problem or have their problem resolved but it can take a while and there are things that can be done.
About Dale Ann Dorsey:
Dale Ann Dorsey, M.S.N., W.H.N.P., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ASU and worked in maternal/child health as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator and clinical nursing instructor. She completed her Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner training at Harbor/University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Science in Nursing at California State University, Long Beach. Before entering private practice, she worked at 2 valley OB/GYN offices and the ASU Student Health Center. She is also an Associate Faculty at ASU College of Nursing. She believes in providing patient care with a holistic perspective, incorporating mind-body-spirit and brings over 20 years experience to her practice.