Lower motor neuron bowel results from injury below T-12 that damage the defecation reflex and relax the anal sphincter muscle. When the bowel fills with stool the sacral nerves try to send a signal to the spinal cord to defecate but the injury disrupts the signal.
Can paraplegics urinate?
Due to paralysis, the individual may not have voluntary control of the external urinary sphincter. Typically, the full amount of urine in the bladder is not eliminated. Residual urine remains in the bladder.
Do paraplegics know when to pee?
Because the body has lost control over sensations, people who are paralyzed will likely lose the ability to control when they urinate. Urinary Tract Infections. Bacteria form easily in urine.
Do paraplegics have control of their bowels?
Upper motor neuron bowel occurs with injuries at T-12 or higher, and results from paralysis that damages the nerves that control the bowel. When the rectum is full, defecation occurs reflexively and can lead to bowel accidents. This condition is also known as reflex bowel.
Why do paraplegics need catheters?
People living with spinal cord injuries empty their bladders with the assistance of a narrow tube called a catheter. For some people who have injuries that also prevent them from using their hands, a caregiver is required to insert the catheter.