Many of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives however it is not usually something that requires surgery. Cauda Equina Syndrome is a rare condition whereby something compresses the nerves at the base of the spine.
The nerves at the base of the spine are shaped liked a horses tail and the syndrome gets its name from the Latin for horses tail which is “Cauda Equina.”
The condition is a medical emergency and therefore it is important that doctors can recognise the symptoms of the condition to ensure that treatment can be provided as soon as possible, to avoid any long term effects of the syndrome. The condition can be hard to diagnose as the symptoms are similar to a wide range of other conditions however if you have any of the following symptoms you should seek urgent medical advice or attend your nearest Accident and Emergency Department:
In diagnosing Cauda Equina Syndrome your doctor will consider your medical history, symptoms, general health and you may need to have the following investigations carried out to confirm the diagnosis:
If you have Cauda Equina syndrome you will require emergency spinal decompression surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerves. Surgery should take place within 48 hours of the initial onset of symptoms in order to ensure the best possible outcome. If surgery is not performed within 48 hours there is a risk of permanent damage, such as paralysis of the legs, loss of bladder and bowel control, sexual function, or other problems.
If you have ever been diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome and you are concerned about the treatment/ lack of treatment received or perhaps you have permanent damage, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
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