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Bladder Management Program after Spinal Cord Injury

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about a bladder management program?

After a spinal cord injury, you may have trouble controlling urine or emptying your bladder. A bladder management program helps you control when and how you empty your bladder. It will also help prevent bladder and kidney infections. A bladder management program includes medicines, devices to empty your bladder, and scheduled bladder care.

Why is a bladder management program important?

An overfilled bladder can cause autonomic dysreflexia (AD). AD is a medical emergency that causes very high blood pressure. AD is more likely to happen if you have a spinal cord injury at or above T7 or T8.

What do I need to know about medicines and bladder management?

Medicines can help prevent leakage of urine and help you control urination. Medicines can also help prevent bladder spasms.

What devices can help me empty my bladder?

There are several devices you can use to empty your bladder. Healthcare providers will help you find the device that is best for you. You may need someone to help you use any of the following:

How often should I empty my bladder?

Your healthcare provider will help you develop a bladder schedule. Your bladder schedule may depend on which devices you use to empty your bladder. It is important to urinate often to decrease your risk for AD, infection, and accidents.

What else should I do while on a bladder management program?

When should I seek immediate care?

You have any of the following symptoms of autonomic dysreflexia:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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