Bowel Disorder Treatment

There are many types of bowel disorders that can affect everything from the absorption, movement through the bowel, irritability of the bowels, and control over the emptying of the bowel.

Bowel disorders can arise for many reasons including: a disease or injury that caused damage to the nervous system, injuries sustained to the pelvic floor due to giving birth, cancer surgery, hemorrhoid surgery, or other health problems.

The Bowel Problems we treat most frequently include:

  • Fecal Incontinence: Fecal Incontinence occurs when a person unintentionally loses stool or mucous from the rectum. According to the National Institute of Health, about 1 in every 12 people has fecal incontinence and it is slightly more common in women.
  • Flatulence Incontinence: Just like fecal incontinence, many people experience an overabundance of uncontrolled, excessive flatulence.
  • Chronic Constipation: Although constipation if frequently experienced by many, chronic constipation can cause many other conditions such as a rectal prolapse or incontinence. In addition to dietary and absorption issues, it can sometimes be caused by tension of the pelvic floor muscles, surgical scarring around the intestinal tract or pelvic muscles, or due to spinal nerves.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): IBS is a complex and common disorder that affects the lining of the colon and can cause spasming, cramping, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.
  • Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction: Neurogenic bowel dysfunction is a term used to describe when a bowel disorders arises due to problems with the nerves that control the bowel. This is common among people who have conditions that affect the spinal cord or brain such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, stroke, or spinal cord injury.
  • Rectocele: A Rectocele, also known as a prolapse of the rectum, is typically characterized by the bulging of the rectum into the vagina. This can occur when the supportive tissues of the intestines have been weakened and can occur due to injury sustained during birthing a child, chronic straining for bowel movements or constipation, chronic coughing, increased abdominal pressure from obesity, or straining after heavy lifting.