Brain Injury, Bladder and Bowel Function (Incontinence)

Brain injury may affect bladder and/or bowel function (incontinence).

Following brain injury, a person may need assistance re-establishing and keeping regular bowel movements and/or emptying the bladder. People with very severe/catastrophic brain injury, or spinal cord injury with traumatic brain injury, may be especially affected by incontinence.

However, most people with a brain injury don’t have a permanent problem managing their bowels and/or bladder.

The Continence Foundation of Australia has published “Easy English” Fact Sheets on incontinence for people with low literacy. These Fact Sheets may also be informative to people with brain injury, their families and carers.

How to have better bladder control

How to have better bowel control

Pelvic floor muscles exercises

Healthy bladder and bowel habits