When someone suffers an injury to the spinal cord, including the sacral, lumbar, thoracic or cervical area, the communication between the nerves that control bladder function and the brain can get disrupted and cause urinary incontinence.
Incontinence from spinal cord injuries is one of the most common causes of male urinary incontinence. While not all men with spinal cord injuries are incontinent, the vast majority of them are.
Injury to the spinal cord most commonly happens in men aged 15 to 35. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, playing sports, industrial accidents, etc. can all cause direct damage to the spine.
Treatment for a spinal cord injury needs to begin as soon as possible, as the time between the injury and the treatment can ultimately affect the outcome of the injury. It’s also important to monitor your bladder function and the products you are using to prevent any further complications like UTIs or skin irritation.
While incontinence can become a normal part of life after an injury, there are definitely ways to help manage it and stay independent and comfortable. However, when incontinent males use products like diapers, pads or condom catheters, the skin can be damp for long periods of time underneath them. This leads to wounds and infections. Indwelling Foley catheters can commonly cause UTIs, as bacteria can grow as urine is retained over a period of time.
Men’s Liberty is an alternative to a typical external catheter and can help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and skin infections. You’ll stay dry and comfortable for 24+ hours!
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