What is spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injury is the general term used to describe damage to the spinal cord. Many of these injuries are caused by bone fractures in the spine (neck or back) that may compress or sever nerves in the spinal cord. Most spinal cord injuries cause some degree of permanent disability or loss of sensation in parts of the body below the site of injury.
What causes spinal cord injury?
Spinal cord injury is most often the result of some sort of trauma, most commonly car accidents, falls, violence or sports injuries. However, it may also result from infection of the spinal cord and certain medical conditions.
Why does a spinal cord injury cause bladder issues?
The bladder, which stores urine, is controlled by the nervous system. When you have a spinal cord injury, it is likely that the nerves controlling your bladder are damaged. As a result, the bladder may become overactive or underactive.
These are general guidelines meant to help you with typical questions. You should follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider and the intermittent catheterization solution you are using.