Living with a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating life events an individual can experience, with far-reaching implications on mobility, sensory function, and bodily control. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, patients may experience a range of symptoms, from partial loss of motor functions to complete paralysis. One common challenge is the loss of control over bladder and bowel functions, which necessitates specialized care.
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Challenges for patients

Loss of bladder control is often a significant concern for those with spinal cord injuries. The condition, known as neurogenic bladder, leads to a lack of voluntary control over urination, which can result in urinary incontinence or urinary retention. This can severely impact an individual's quality of life, social interactions, and even mental well-being. Additionally, there's an increased risk of urinary tract infections, which can have more serious implications for individuals with compromised mobility.
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solution recommendations

When it comes to managing bladder issues associated with spinal cord injuries, catheters play a crucial role. Intermittent catheterization is commonly recommended to assist with scheduled voiding, thus minimizing the risks of incontinence and urinary tract infections. Hydrophilic or pre-lubricated catheters like the GentleCath Glide can make the self-catheterization process easier and more comfortable. For those unable to perform self-catheterization, indwelling catheters or even more advanced options like suprapubic catheters may be considered.
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