As a part of our urinary system, the bladder is responsible for many important body functions, such as waste elimination and blood regulation. A functioning bladder should be able to both store and void urine. However, sometimes this functionality is interrupted by damage.
Recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common problem for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). In fact, UTIs are still among the leading causes of death in people with a neurogenic bladder who experience on average 2 UTI events every year.
Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury all involve types of neurological damage that often cause bladder, bowel, and sexual problems. For example, among people with multiple sclerosis, bladder and sexual problems are common (occurring in more than 70% of cases according to some studies).
The term spinal cord injury (SCI) comprises a wide range of conditions. As described by the WHO report International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (WHO 2013), SCI refers to damage to the spinal cord arising from trauma (such as a car crash), or from non-traumatic disease or degeneration (such as tuberculosis), and encompasses both a baby born with spina bifida and a construction worker who falls from scaffolding.
There are many conservative options and combinations of methods when it comes to bowel management for people with neurogenic bowel disorder (NBD).