What is Cauda Equina syndrome?
This is a rare disorder affecting 6-10 people per million where the nerve roots in the lumbosacral spine become compressed (squashed). This bundle of nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord, resemble a horses tail, hence the name – cauda equina. The nerves communicate messages to the brain from your legs, feet and pelvic organs, including your bladder and bowel.
Symptoms of Cauda Equina
There is a risk of developing cauda equina if you have significant back pain or sciatica, numbness around the bottom area or back passage (anus) and a change in your bladder or bowel function.