Can Spinal Cord Injuries Cause Constipation

There are many common conditions which can constipation however sometimes there are some uncommon conditions also which may cause constipation. One of the most unfortunate condition which can become the reason for constipation is spinal cord injuries.  Spinal cord injuries can be caused by multiple reasons but mainly due to accidents related to motor vehicles, sports, violence or falling down.  Whatever may be the reason but the fact is spinal cord injuries are very traumatic and cause many health problems.

Spinal cords are present within the vertebrates disks which are present from the base of the skull to the tail bone.  These small bones protect the spinal cord present inside.  There are many nerves which originate from the spinal cord and it carries various signals to the various organs so that they can function properly and react to different stimulus.

For example the reflex actions which cause the fingers to move away rapidly when we touch anything hot is caused by reflex action which originates from the spinal cords.  As you can see in the picture there are various sections in the spinal cord.  The section between the disks T7 to L1 control the functionality of the abdominal muscles.

If there is injury to this section (between T7 and L1) then the abdominal muscles and the related organs lose their control. The stomach cannot digest properly and the intestines also lose the ability to continue the peristaltic movements which are essential for the food to be moved forward.  It is actually the peristaltic movement which helps in elimination of food.  Hence spinal cord injuries can result in constipation since bowel and bladder movements are controlled by nerves in spinal cord.

In case you are suffering from such condition then you would need to go for rehabilitation and treatments as suggested by your doctor.

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