Can spinal injuries cause overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
The part of the body that controls bladder and bowel function is actually located within the spinal cord. This is known as the sacral region. When this region is damaged, it can affect the bladder and urinary health. Sacral injuries can lead to symptoms of overactive bladder and other problems. Generally, when such injuries occur, the bladder will not have contractions for several months. These injuries can also cause signals to and from the brain and the urinary tract to be blocked. That could make the bladder push out urine without proper coordination. 

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