Urology / Pelvic Health

Spinal Cord Injury at any level usually affects bladder and bowel control. The nerves controlling these organs attach to the base of the spinal cord (levels S2–S4) and are therefore cut off from brain input. This results in bladder or bowel dysfunction, which is termed “neurogenic bladder” or “neurogenic bowel.”

Symptoms of neurogenic bladder include loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence), inability to empty the bladder, urinary infrequency, and urinary tract infections. Signs of neurogenic bowel include loss of bowel control (bowl incontinence), constipation, bowel infrequency, and lack of bowel movements.

Investigators at the FES Center explore several areas of research in bladder and bowel function with the overall goal of restoring pelvic health to individuals with neurological disease or injuries