The main symptoms for cauda equina injury include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain and/or muscle weakness in one or both legs
  • Reduced feeling around the saddle and genital area
  • Limited reflexes in the lower extremities
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Urinary and bowel changes

The actual medical cause of this type of injury is due to compression of the cauda equine nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord

These injuries can be caused by a number of different factors but are most likely to have been sustained through an accident or illness such as:

  • A fall, slip or trip
  • A road traffic accident
  • An accident at work
  • Surgical negligence
  • Inflammatory or infectious conditions
  • Herniated disks, stenosis or tumours

Cauda Equina injuries should be dealt with as a medical emergency, a range of treatments are available including:

  • Decompression of the nerves through surgery
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets

If you or someone you know would like to speak to us, entirely in confidence, about any of these issues then please call our head of negligence Michael Shaw on 0800 1 444 111 or email him at . Alternatively you can use the enquiry form situated at the side or at the foot of this page.