Neurological Disorders

A variety of neurological diseases and disorders can cause problems with bladder control, including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida, and hydrocephalus (abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain). There are also some individuals who do not have a neurological disease/injury but cannot empty their bladder or experience leakage due to abnormal nerve signals to the bladder. This is known as a neurogenic bladder. Because treatment and management options for individuals with neurological disorders cannot be generalized, below you will find links to NAFC's series of booklets targeted to a specific disease-state. We are continually adding to these resources.

Often individuals with a neurological disorder must manage urine retention and therefore practice regular self catheterization. Click here for instructions and information on self-catheterization in men and women.