Urology is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on the male and female urinary-tract system as well as the male reproductive system. Urologic diseases have the capacity to affect anyone. Ensuring the health of the urinary tract system helps to avoid other serious health problems While there are many different problems that may occur in these respective systems, there are certain signs and symptoms that should prompt you to visit a urologist. In this blog, we aim to outline the common symptoms of urologic disorders to help educate you to stay on top of your urologic health.
Common Symptoms of Urologic Disorders
Back and/or Groin Pain
Oftentimes back and groin pain are overlooked, or attributed to other causes such as muscle strains. Pain in the back or groin should not be overlooked, however, as this pain may be due to problems in the bladder, prostate, or kidneys. Specially, issues in the bladder and prostate may cause pain in the groin, and will likely require various imaging techniques in order to form a diagnosis. Problems in the kidneys, including kidney stones, may cause a dull, aching pain on either side of the spine at the base of the ribcage. To identify problems in the kidneys, your urologist may recommend urine tests, x-rays, or ultrasounds.
Blood in the Urine
Bloody urine is a clear sign that you should schedule an appointment with a urologist and can be a sign of a variety of problems in the kidneys and urinary tract. Also known as hematuria, blood in the urine occurs when your kidneys or urinary tract allow leakage from the blood cells into the urine. Hematuria can be caused by urinary tract infections, kidney infections, bladder or kidney stones, enlarged prostate, or kidney disease. Setting up an appointment with a urologist can help identify the problem causing blood in the urine.
If you are experiencing an increased urgency and/or frequency to urinate, the cause may be due to infection or bladder sensitivity, both of which can be addressed by a urologist. Frequent urination should not be undermined or ignored. In addition to possible infection it also negatively impacts your quality of life.
Painful urination is one of the most common symptoms of urologic disorders, but it can also be indicative of other conditions such as STIs or kidney problems. While this pain is commonly associated with infection, it may also indicate bladder stones. A urologist can pinpoint the cause of painful urination by administering a urine test.
Uncontrolled Urine Leakage
Incontinence in both males and females is one of the main urologic problems that we work with at Alliance Urology Specialists. If you are experiencing uncontrolled urine leakage, you should seek medical attention. A doctor will conduct a physical exam and a urine test to confirm the root of the issue.
Make An Appointment
If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of urologic disorders listed above, schedule an appointment with Alliance Urology Specialists today. Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating problems in both the urinary-tract system and the male reproductive system. You can call Alliance Urology Specialists in Greensboro at (336) 274-1114.