Written By: Lisa Charron, PT, DPT, on May 08, 2023
After a stroke, your entire life can change. Difficulties speaking, getting out of bed, and dressing can feel overwhelming. Stroke survivors can go through months or even years of physical, speech, and occupational therapy to assist in recovery. However, these are only the visible hardships of a stroke. A stroke can also impact the parts of our bodies that we don’t always see or talk about, including our pelvic health, which includes bladder, bowel, and sexual function. Anything that impacts this part of our body can be more difficult, or even embarrassing, to speak about. But these functions are essential to address to maximize the quality of life after a stroke.
Treatments are available for changes in bowel, bladder, or sexual function after stroke, including interventions such as medications or surgery. Just as therapy can help you return to walking, reading, or bathing yourself, specialized pelvic health therapy exists to address changes in bowel, bladder, or sexual function. Pelvic health therapy is provided by either a physical or occupational therapist. Let’s talk about pelvic health after a stroke and how pelvic health therapy can help.
Disclaimer: The content in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only and should not serve as medical advice, consultation, or diagnosis. If you have a medical concern, please consult your healthcare provider, or seek immediate medical treatment.
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