BiofeedbackIncontenence: Urinary

Interferential current vs biofeedback for stress incontinence

Both methods are effective in patients with urinary stress incontinence, according to this study by researchers at Gaziosmanpasa University in Tokat, Turkey.

First, the details.

  • 40 women with moderate intense urinary stress incontinence were randomly assigned to interferential current therapy or pelvic floor exercises.
  • Urinary incontinence was assessed using the pad test.
  • Pelvic muscle strength was evaluated using biofeedback, and quality of life was assessed by a 28-item questionnaire.
  • Treatments lasted 15 minutes per session, 3 times a week for 15 sessions.

And, the results.

  • There was significant improvement after both treatments.
  • Both treatments had similar effects on pad test, pelvic muscle strength , and quality of life.
  • No adverse effects were observed

The bottom line?
Both are effective, and considering they are easy to apply, non-invasive, and safe, interferential current and biofeedback are useful for the treatment of urinary stress incontinence.

6/8/08 16:38 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.