Cauda equina syndrome
Cauda equina syndrome is a complication and a particularly severe type of nerve root problem that develops due to a prolapsed disc. This is one of the rare disorders where the nerve roots at the very bottom of the spinal cord (in the lumbar or sacral region) are pressed on. In addition to low back pain, this syndrome can cause;
- Weakness in one or both legs
- Problems with bladder and bowel function (usually inability to pass urine)
- Numbness in the area around the anus
Cauda equina syndrome is an emergency that needs urgent treatment to stop the nerve roots to the bowel and bladder from becoming permanently damaged. Consult a physician immediately if you experience these symptoms after a fall or injury to the low back.