Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cauda Equina Syndrome or CES is extremely rare and serious condition of the spinal canal and the compression of the nerve roots that are located below the spinal cord. There are a variety of symptoms to Cauda Equina Syndrome, which include reduced sensation, extreme pain, and diminished muscle strength. If left untreated, the condition
can result in a permanent leg paralysis, and the loss of bowel as well as bladder functions.
Causes of Cauda Equina Syndrome
The primary causes of Cauda Equina Syndrome or CES happens to be due to a herniated or ruptured disc located in the lower end of the spine, or a chromatic incident, which can result from a fall or a blow to the head. Other causes such as the presence of a tumor or massive infection or a medical mishap can also be responsible for Cauda Equina Syndrome.
CES can also be caused with the lifting of heavy objects for the improper style of lifting heavy objects. You can make the condition worse by enduring a lot of physical strain on your body. This is a condition that can also cause a very bad back trauma, and if you are hit by any sort of heavy machinery or you fall from any scaffolding, then it can result in Cauda Equina Syndrome. Such work-related injuries are the primary result in case of an Illinois work injury claim.
Were you injured in any other manner?
There are other causes of trauma which result in Cauda Equina Syndrome such as a horrific car accident or a gunshot wound. If you happen to be injured in any such manner possible, then you have adequate grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, which would be entirely dependent upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the case.
Did you happen to be the victim of a medical mishap?
Most of the errors that happened during the surgery or any other medical treatment that is dealing with spine can result in Cauda Equina Syndrome. When spine is treated by positioning screws or any other instruments, it can compress and injure the nerves when done improperly. Another error that is dealing with prolonged periods of spinal anesthesia can occur during surgery or pregnancy, and it can also lead to CES. If a spinal tap is done on your spine, and an error occurs, then the blood would be coagulating within the spine, thereby compressing the nerves and causing Cauda Equina Syndrome.
If you believe that you have been the unfortunate victim of a medical mishap, or that you have been misdiagnosed, but you haven’t been treated in a timely fashion, then you can have in your hands a medical malpractice claim.
The symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome
One of the most common symptoms happened to the pain in the lower back, whereby the pain originates from the buttocks and continues down towards both the legs, inducing a sharp pain. Other common related symptoms happen to be the reduced feeling of sensation in your legs and groin area, along with trouble in the areas of your bowel movements and urination. If you happen to be experiencing any such symptoms, it is important that you immediately seek the expert advice of a medical practitioner, and get yourself diagnosed in order to prevent any other further complications.
Diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome
CES happens to be diagnosed with the help of a medical history review that is done along with certain tests, which would include the x-rays, a physiotherapy session, and an MRI scan. The physician that you go to get treated should rule out any other possible conditions that are employing the features of a herniated disk or a urinary tract infection.
Treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome
In most cases, you’d find that anti-inflammatory drugs works extremely well for people diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome. Surgery is also one of the most common treatments for CES and in most cases, it is not successful. In order to ensure success, you must get yourself diagnosed very fast from a doctor. When there is a loss of sensation in the groin area and problem in your bowel movements, then emergency surgery would be required in order to prevent permanent nerve damage.