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Bowel management for spinal cord injury?

Bowel management for spinal cord injury?

What type of injury?: Upper motor neuron, or lower motor neuron injury will start to guide the management. Then there are too many variables that will need to be considered. A sci bowel routine is best developed with a specialist in the field. See an sci doc or nurse they can help. If unable consider this, the paralyzed veterans of america have developed a consumers guide to sci bowel care. Download for free at pva web. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Can you tell me what kind of bowel complications can arise after a spinal cord injury?

Can you tell me what kind of bowel complications can arise after a spinal cord injury?

Neurogenic Bowel: Depends on the level of injury. Injury above the sacral segments causes: upper motor neuron bowel. This can lead to prolonged transit times in the colon, and severe constipation with accidents and incomplete emptying.Injury at/below this level ex.Conus or cauda equina injury can cause loss of rectal tone and frequent accidents. A bowel routine directed by a sci doc or nurse can help manage this. ...Read more

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With a spinal cord injury do you ever get the urinate and bowel movement on your own back?

With a spinal cord injury do you ever get the urinate and bowel movement on your own back?

Depends on severity: However injury is usually permanent. Plenty of research into nerve repairs & some success in joining spinal nerves from above injury site to nerves below injury site. Time will tell but there are new advances all the time. Bowels can often be retrained with digital stimulation. Bladder control depends upon level of injury, dexterity, possible intermittent bladder self catheterization & meds. ...Read more

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How can people with a spinal cord injury control their bowels?

How can people with a spinal cord injury control their bowels?

Some may not: Be able to control their bowels. Depending on the level of injury and whether it is a complete or incomplete injury, a spinal cord patient may or may not be able to control their bowels. Some will get on a strict bowel regimen to help and others may need other interventions. ...Read more

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How is it possible for people with a spinal cord injury control their bowels?

How is it possible for people with a spinal cord injury control their bowels?

With careful plans: Something called a bowel program is developed with medications, use of the gastrocolic reflex and careful timing of rectal stimulation. Trying to get a consistent schedule with complete emptying of the bowel limits accidents. ...Read more

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So what is treatment for bowel movement and urine becouse my brother had spinal cord injury for three weeks ago but still no bowel movement ?

So what is treatment for bowel movement and urine becouse my brother had  spinal cord injury for three weeks ago but still no bowel  movement ?

Neurogenic bowel: He needs to be treated urgently for this. After he is disimpacted a maintenance bowel program often using stool softeners, laxatives, and digital stimulation will be required. It appears that he will also need a bladder catheterization program. Take him to a physiatrist who specializes in spinal cord injuries as soon as possible. What level was the injury? Does your brother have quadriplegia? ...Read more

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Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

No: Sciatica is a pain symptom of a pinched nerve in the spine. Spinal cord injury is an actual/potential damage to the spinal cord resulting in a sensory or motor deficit. The two are very different. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about either. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a form spinal cord injury?

No: Spinal Cord Injury is very different than sciatica. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist that can discuss this in more detail for you. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerves arise from the branches of l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) and s3. When these branches of these nerves come together they form the sciatic nerve. Because the sciatic nerve arises from each of these five nerves, often any one of these nerves can present also with the symptoms of sciatica. This nerve is considered a peripheral nerve, not a spinal cord nerve. ...Read more

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Dr. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more