About Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina is an extremely serious condition and must be treated as a medical emergency. The condition occurs when the nerves located at the bottom of the spinal cord – known as the ‘Cauda Equina’- become compressed. The nerves, which radiate out to the legs and lower areas of the abdomen, control movement and feeling. The nerves in this area are also linked to bowel and bladder function. 

Cauda Equina Syndrome is where a spinal cord injury results in damage to the nerves at the base of the spine causing severe back pain, foot drop, numbness, weakness, loss of sensation and pain in the legs, buttocks, saddle area and pelvis, together with loss of normal bowel and/or bladder function, incontinence and impaired sexual function.  The most severe spinal cord injury claims can result in temporary or permanent paralysis, including paraplegia, quadriplegia and/or death. 

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