NEUROGENIC BOWEL/BLADDER DISORDERS:
INCONTINENCE, BLADDER RETENTION, CHRONIC UTI’S, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, SPASTIC COLON, CONSTIPATION, DIARRHEA
The control of our Bladder and Bowels is a highly complex and coordinated system that runs from the highest parts of our brain to our brainstem and spinal cord and ends up in the bowel and bladder itself. Oftentimes, individuals with Bowel or Bladder disorders are only assessed for problems within the bowel and bladder without consideration for the nervous system control that is a vital part of the function of these organ systems. Outside of a frank pathology in the bowel or bladder, it’s more likely that dysfunction in the nervous system is either the cause of the problem or part of making the condition worse or nonresponsive to treatment. Functional Neurology may hold the key to assessment for the overall function of Bowel and Bladder disorders and applying treatment. A skilled Functional Neurologist will perform a comprehensive history and examination to determine where problems may exist within the nervous system that may be causing a bowel or bladder disorder or contributing to the disorder. In addition, any other factors that might be affecting these conditions such as diabetes, anemia, inflammation, etc. will be addressed as the neurological systems are dependent on an appropriately functioning biochemical system to function properly.