https://www.christopherreeve.org/living-with-paralysis/health/secondary-conditions

When it comes to healthy living, many think nutrition and exercise are enough. While these are certainly important, there are other aspects of health our community needs to manage like the proper care of bladder, bowel, and skin.

Through our Paralysis Resource Center, we have curated a number of booklets and visual materials to keep you healthy and thriving, including:

Bladder management
: Spinal cord injury affects each person differently depending on the level of injury. However, paralysis at any level usually affects bladder control. The nerves controlling these organs attach to the very base of the spinal cord (levels S2?S4) and are therefore cut off from brain input. There are a wide range of techniques and tools available to understand how your bladder works and what to expect after paralysis.

Bowel management
: The goal of a bowel management program is to reduce the risk of incontinence, constipation, and other GI problems. When you are in the hospital or acute care, your nurse will work with you to help structure a bowel management program. However, once you're home, it's up to you and your caregiver to maintain your bowel program and that will require a series of components like consistent scheduling, proper hygiene, and using external stimulation.


Skin care
: Skin care is no small issue for people living with paralysis and pressure injuries can be painful and debilitating if not caught early and treated fully.

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