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The vast majority of those with SCI and neurologic impairment also have voiding dysfunctions. Even those who are able to ambulate and who have very incomplete injuries may have abnormalities in bladder function, causing social issues, such as urinary incontinence. This can be extremely embarrassing, particularly for young adults, who may be single and involved in social activities, such as dating. Additionally, these voiding dysfunctions may cause upper and lower tract complications. Three important goals when deciding on a bladder management program are to: (1) preserve the upper tract, (2) minimize lower tract complications, and (3) be compatible with the person’s lifestyle. (Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine, 2006)
Resources for bladder management