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Urinary retention in men is the inability to empty the bladder even though the bladder is full. Men with this problem may only be able to pass small amounts of urine or none at all. Physiotherapy with can help to significantly reduce symptoms that are associated with urinary retention in men.

What is urinary retention?

Urine is constantly travelling from your kidneys and is collected in your bladder. Your bladder then expands as it fills with urine. The bladder is a muscle and is kept closed by a valve called the sphincter until the bladder becomes full. When the bladder is full, the sphincter opens and urine is taken via a tube called the urethra to be passed.

Urinary retention in men is when you are unable to pass urine despite your bladder being full. It can also be characterised by feeling the need to pass urine although not being able to.

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What causes urinary retention?

Urinary retention in men can be caused by a number of reasons including:
  • Damage to the nerves that inform the bladder to contract
  • Enlargement of the prostate due to cancer or infection
  • Trauma to the area
  • Infection or inflammation
  • Drug related effects

What symptoms will I have?

If you have urinary retention you may be experiencing a number of symptoms. Urinary retention in men is characterised by the inability to pass much urine at any one time and the frequent, strong urge to urinate. You may experience some leakage or dribbling during the day and while you are asleep and you may find that you need to force yourself to pass urine. You may also suffer from some lower back pain as well as some pain when attempting to urinate. has specialist physiotherapists that offer a comprehensive assessment and physiotherapy programme that identifies your problems and produces a variety of treatment goals and strategies to help reduce your symptoms as soon as possible.

What physiotherapy treatment will I receive for stress incontinence?

If you are suffering from urinary retention then will provide you with a personal physiotherapy programme which includes goals and treatment methods that focus on reducing any problems that you are experiencing. Treatment methods include: Physiotherapy with will help you overcome the problems you have been experiencing as a result of urine retention, prevent future problems and help you to return to normal everyday living.


Urinary retention is the inability to pass urine despite your bladder being full. Urinary retention in men can be caused by a number of reasons including damage to the nerves that control your bladder contractions, enlargement or cancer of the prostate, infection, inflammation or trauma. If you have urinary retention you will experience symptoms such as pain, the inability to pass urine and a constant, strong urge to pass urine. Physiotherapy with can help reduce the problems you are experiencing in a number of ways by improving your control of your bladder and strengthening the muscles that affect continence. The physiotherapists at can work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan to help reduce your symptoms and optimise your recovery.

To request more information or to book an appointment with us today, make an appointment online or call 0330 088 7800.

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