August 3, 2016 (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
More than 1,275,000 people are living with SCI in the USA (and almost 3 million in the other westernized countries of the world). The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports 40 new cases per million of the population per year. More than 80% of these individuals exhibit at least some degree of bladder dysfunction. Additionally, there are a number of other significant diseases or conditions that cause paralysis and can result in incontinence (per the article presented below) not the least of which are people who have suffered a stroke.
Paralysis More Prevalent Than Previously Thought
The Incontinence/Paralysis Link
By SARAH RUBENSTEIN
Some 5.6 million people in the U.S. have some form of paralysis and nearly a quarter of them have suffered spinal-cord injuries, a new report says. The report being released Tuesday is the result of an ambitious effort by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to put a number on the population that suffers from movement-limiting disorders. Prior estimates on paralysis and spinal-cord injury were significantly smaller, but they relied on narrower data-collection techniques. Write to Sarah Rubenstein at email@example.com
A recent study published by the Wall Street Journal indicated that the number of people in the U.S. that suffer from some type of paralysis (from all causes) is significantly higher than previously thought, especially those that have had spinal cord injuries.
Paralysis is one of the primary causes of urinary (and fecal) incontinence and is among the most severe and more difficult of the incontinent cases to treat as the patients many times also suffer from urine retention and a significant degradation of their entire lower urinary tract system.
Consequently, a substantive percentage of paralysis cases are also subject to the trials and tribulations associated with also having severe incontinence, with there being very few current treatment options showing any significant efficacy over any length of time.
The day-to-day lives of these unfortunate sufferers, which also causes substantial problems for the lives of their caretakers, as well, is only made more difficult by the incontinence and those associated problems.
There have been many surveys done that have asked spinal cord injury patients, the question “if you could do something to fix any of the associated problems with your injury, other than regaining your total movement, what would you fix first?”, and the answer has almost universally been, “fix my incontinence!”.
In fact, the current most utilized method of dealing with spinal cord injury-caused urinary incontinence has been the use of indwelling, or self, catheterization, which heightens the risk of causing bladder cancer by three-fold not to mention a greatly increased prevalence of urinary tract infections (UTIs) along with all the other associated adverse events that occur as a result of the UTIs.