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Can Treating Urinary Incontinence Help Prevent Falls in People with MS?

December 16, 2016

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University report results of a study suggesting that recurrent falls among people with MS were more common among those reporting urinary urgency and incontinence. Many people with MS report falling, so pinpointing the factors leading to falls is crucial to preventing them. Further research is necessary to understand this association and determine whether treating bladder problems will reduce falls. The authors advise that healthcare professionals ask people with MS about bladder symptoms and fall history, noting that urinary urgency with incontinence is often treatable.

Read more about this study on MedPage Today

Read the study in the International Journal of MS Care (pdf)

Find out how to manage bladder problems in MS

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