Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a condition that involves pressure and swelling of the nerves at the very end of the spinal cord. It is quite a serious condition that requires urgent medical assessment and treatment.

What is the cause?

It is caused by any condition that causes compression or irritation of the spinal cord. The most common cause is a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Infection or inflammation in the spinal canal can also cause this condition along with trauma to the spine.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Impaired bladder or bowel control
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness in the groin area
  • Low back pain
  • Pain down one or both legs

What can we do about it?

If a patient has Cauda Equina Syndrome an emergency surgical decompression is required. This is a procedure performed by a neurosurgeon that involves relieving the pressure on the spinal cord. As first contact practitioner’s the therapist’s at Elite Spinal Physiotherapy are trained to be able to identify this condition and refer the patient to the appropriate service as soon as possible.

After the surgery is performed the patient must undergo rehabilitation to get back to optimal function. The therapist’s at Elite Spinal Physiotherapy are one of the best in their field at guiding you through a safe and effective rehabilitation program.