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Cauda Equina Syndrome

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

The Cauda Equina is a group of nerve roots at the end of the spinal cord where if a person suffered from a viral infection, slipped disc or violent jolt it can result in the Cauda Equina Syndrome. This condition can cause problems with mobility if it is not successfully treated.
 
Symptoms
  • Bladder weakness or bowel dysfunction
  • Impotency
  • Stiffness when standing
  • Prickling or tingling feeling in legs, buttocks, thighs or feet
  • Numbness or pain in legs
Cause
  • A viral infection causing damage to the affected area can cause this condition
  • Also narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Slipped disc which has not been treated
  • Violent or sudden jolt such as those experienced in car accidents
  • Spina Bifida could also cause the same issue
Treatment
  • Limited treatment can be prescribed by a doctor and in less severe cases the damaged nerves can grow back
  • Surgery is usually required in more serious cases
  • It is important to contact your doctor if you display the above symptoms as this condition can lead to paralysis
Prevention
  • Correct posture in the seated position is very important if you remain seated for most of the time.
  • Exercise caution when lifting heavy objects and ensure you life correctly to prevent injury.
 
 
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