Urination Problems
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• Can my spine effect my urination/defecation or sexual function?

Although not common, spine injuries can significantly affect bowel, bladder or sexual function. This is one the "red flags" that doctors fear with back/neck problems.

When there is excessive pressure on the spinal cord, the nerves which control one's urination, defecation or sexual function can be permanently injured. Also, the individual's balance and hand control become affected. The term myelopathy is used to refer to cord compression and the above resulting dysfunctions.

If any of the above symptoms are present, immediate evaluation by a doctor is crucial to prevent progressive worsening of the symptoms. At times, even with treatment, some of the lost function can not be recovered.

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