Hot Topic Module: Managing Bowel Function After Spinal Cord Injury

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This Hot Topic Module consists of a suite of resources to help individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) manage bowel functioning.


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Managing Bowel Function After Spinal Cord Injury
Our featured video and brief video clips share information about how individuals with SCI manage their bowel functioning with the help of Model Systems Researchers.

Additional Resources on Managing Bowel Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Bowel Function after Spinal Cord Injury Factsheet
Experiencing bowel problems after spinal cord injury is a serious problem for many people with SCI. A bowel program may be necessary for retraining your body to have regular bowel movements. Learn more about management techniques for bowel function after SCI.

Bowel Function After Spinal Cord Injury Slideshow
After SCI you may have bowel problems such as moving waste through your colon. Bowel problems can contribute to depression or anxiety. You may feel overly concerned about not being able to control bowel movements in public and not want to do things outside of your home. View the slideshow to learn more about bowel functioning after SCI.

Related Resources

Autonomic Dysreflexia
Autonomic Dysreflexia, sometimes referred to as Autonomic Hyperreflexia, is a potentially life-threatening medical condition that many people with SCI experience when there is a pain or discomfort below their level of injury, even if the pain or discomfort cannot be felt. Learn more about autonomic dysreflexia.

Depression After Spinal Cord Injury
Depression is common and can affect anyone. About 1 in 20 Americans (over 11 million people) get depressed every year. Depression is even more common SCI population - about one in five people. Learn more about managing depression after SCI.

Adjusting to Life after Spinal Cord Injury
Having a SCI is without doubt a new and challenging situation. SCI affects almost every aspect of your life when it happens, and it can be hard to put your life back in order and adjust to living with SCI. Learn more about adjustments that you may have to make after SCI.