Nerve functionality of the bladder is disturbed in 90% of Spina Bifida cases, because neural impulses cannot reach their destination in a normal way. The impaired signals also lead to muscular deficiency with paralysis and reduced mobility, numbness, poor circulation in the legs and a higher risk of bone fracture. Many people become confined to wheelchairs and can develop dislocated hip joints and misaligned legs and back.
If the spinal cord damage is partial, you experience a certain loss of the ability to control your muscles, but some signals will still go through. This allows for the possibility of intermittent self catheterisation (ISC) for emptying the bladder, which can be a good solution for a longer, healthier and more independent life.
Evie Toombes Para Rider and Wellspect Ambassador
Evie is a 15yr old, grade 3 para showjumper and lives with lipomyelomeningocele - a form of Spina Bifida. Her condition causes leg weakness and bladder & bowel problems, but uses horses as her therapy and is aiming for a future featuring Paralympic competition. Follow her story here.
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