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Neurogenic detrusor overactivity, previously known as hyperreflexia, is increased or involuntary muscle contractions of the detrusor muscle in the bladder. It is a neurological condition causing urinary incontinence and is due to damage or disruption of the nerves supplying the detrusor muscle. Because of the increase in weight being carried during pregnancy, women can experience neurogenic detrusor overactivity before or after childbirth.

Physiotherapy is a very effective way of retraining the bladder and reducing the symptoms of neurogenic detrusor overactivity. At Physio.co.uk there are specialist women’s health physiotherapists who are experienced in assessing and treating neurogenic detrusor overactivity. Your physiotherapist will be able to provide you with a comprehensive treatment programme to manage your symptoms and facilitate a successful recovery.

What are the symptoms of neurogenic detrusor overactivity?

There are a number of symptoms to look out that may be associated with neurogenic detrusor overactivity. It is important that you are able to identify these and begin physiotherapy treatment as soon as possible. Possible symptoms include:

What is the cause of neurogenic detrusor overactivity?

There may be a number of reasons why you are experiencing neurogenic detrusor overactivity. Your physiotherapist at Physio.co.uk will work with you to determine the exact cause of your problem which will then result in a more successful recovery. Potential causes of neurogenic detrusor overactivity include:
  • A difficult labour
  • Trauma
  • Weakened pelvic floor and transverse abdominis muscles
  • Poor bladder control
  • A large baby
  • A more serious neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis, stroke or spinal cord injury (rare)

What physiotherapy is used to treat neurogenic detrusor overactivity?

The physiotherapy programme designed by Physio.co.uk is very individualised and therefore there is no standard format to treat neurogenic detrusor overactivity. There are a variety of treatment options and these will be chosen depending on your symptoms and needs. You will have an active part to play in your physiotherapy programme and the Physio.co.uk will work with you to achieve your personal goals. Physiotherapy for neurogenic detrusor overactivity may include:


Neurogenic detrusor overactivity is a neurological condition that causes either increased or involuntary contractions of the detrusor muscle in the bladder. Signal being sent to the bladder from the brain and spinal cord may be disrupted leading to abnormal activity of the bladder. It can occur during pregnancy due to the additional pressure on the bladder from the baby being carried. Physio.co.uk have experience physiotherapists who are able to assess and treat neurogenic detrusor overactivity and provide you with an excellent chance of safe and effective recovery. Please call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 to book an appointment today. Or alternatively book an appointment online today!

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