Spinal Cord Injury Patients Could Benefit from Botox

Urinary incontinence is one of the health problems that California spinal cord injury lawyers often see in people with a spinal injury. However, there now seems to be confirmed evidence that the use of anti-wrinkle drug Botox, can help in the management of urinary incontinence in adults with spinal injury.

The Irish Medicines Board has confirmed that Botox, or botulinum toxin type A can be used to manage urinary incontinence in adults suffering from spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. According to estimates, approximately 75% of patients with spinal cord injuries suffered from urinary incontinence. Additionally, between 60% and 80% of persons with multiple sclerosis suffer from urinary incontinence.

Patients with a spinal cord injury have been found to suffer from a condition called neurogenic detrusor overactivity, which can result in urinary incontinence. A normal bladder is relaxed when the bladder is being filled. However, in a person who suffers from detrusor overactivity, the bladder contracts during filling.

However, Allergan researchers have found that when Botox is injected into the bladder muscles, the contractions stop, leading to a lowered risk of urine leakage. In fact, over a period of time, some persons have found a complete elimination of incontinence.

Urinary incontinence can be one of the factors that affect a spinal cord injury patient’s quality of life. Typically, urinary incontinence is seen in those patients who suffer from stable sub-cervical spinal cord injury. Even when a person has some mobility movement abilities, the urinary incontinence can cause depression, distress, anguish, low self-esteem and lost independence. Additionally, persons with urinary incontinence are much more likely to develop ulcers and skin rashes. They may also be at a higher risk of urinary tract infections, and even kidney failure. If a urinary tract infection is ignored, other complications can develop.