Credit goes to Julie Wiebe for posting this interesting abstract. Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OAB) is a disorder of urgency, frequency, nocturia, and possibly incontinence. This post stood out to us, because the study demonstrated the potential for treating OAB by stimulating the posterior tibial nerve. By inhibiting somatic lumbar and sacral nerve fibers, the detrusor muscle is inhibited without any alteration in the micturition reflex. The study found both ES to the pelvic floor and PTNS to be effective in modulating the effects of OAB; however, ES was found to be superior overall. Yet, it is still interesting to see the effects we can have on the renal system by working peripherally with e-stim. This is something we should consider when treating our patients, for both the potential positive and negative side effects.
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