Our Service For You


Cauda Equina Syndrome Due to a Herniated Disc

Cauda Equina Syndrome Due to a Herniated DiscA herniated or slipped disc is the most common cause of cauda equina syndrome. The product of compression of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine, this appalling condition can result in devastating loss of lower body function.

What is a herniated disc?

The discs of the spine are located between the vertebrae of the spine and function both to facilitate movement in the spine as well as to absorb some of the pressure in the spine.

A herniated disc is one where the softer jelly-like contents of the centre of the disc escape through the harder exterior, thus distorting the shape of the disc and introducing alien material into the space of the spinal canal.

The impact of a herniated disc

A herniated disc can put pressure on the nerves which are located alongside the spine. This, in turn, can cause irritation and loss of the function of that nerve, resulting in pain and possible loss of sensation and function in other areas of the body.

Cauda equina syndrome

In the case of cauda equina syndrome, the impact of a herniated disc can be catastrophic. Located in the lower, lumbar region of the spine, the cauda equina nerves control sensation and function in the lower body. They are key to the passing of messages of feeling from the legs, pelvic region, bowel and bladder, to the brain.

If the compression of the cauda equina nerves becomes severe the patient can suffer a lifetime of debilitating sensory loss including the following effects:

Preventing loss of function

It is possible to prevent such devastating and life-changing loss of function if the early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome are recognised before the compression of the nerves progresses too far.

If a patient visits their GP or A&E service with early symptoms such as pain and tingling in one of the legs along with changes in sensation between the legs and alteration of urinary experience, they probably require an emergency MRI scan to assess the cause.

If their scan shows that the cauda equina nerves are being compressed they are likely to need emergency surgery to prevent further loss of function and, it is hoped, to restore lost function.

Medical negligence

A failure to recognise the early signs of cauda equina syndrome, leading to a permanent deterioration in the patient’s symptoms may be regarded as having provided a substandard level of care.

If you or a loved one continue to experience the dreadful symptoms of complete cauda equina syndrome due to a delay in diagnosis and treatment, contact us to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor about the possibility of a claim for compensation.

Please call us free on 0800 234 3300, from a mobile click to call 01275 334030 or complete our Free Online Enquiry for a no cost, no obligation opinion.

Share Article With:

Free Cauda Equina Enquiry

Call us free on
0800 234 3300

or enter your details below and we will be pleased to answer your questions and advise you of your options.

     

    All enquiries are completely free of charge and without obligation. We are here to help you, so if you have any questions please do get in touch with us.


    What Clients Say

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking on J’s case, for the comprehensive advice and also for keeping us regularly updated with regard to the progress. I would not hesitate to recommend you or the firm to anyone in the future.

    Mr B

    Julie and everyone at Glynns is amazing, they have been more like friends than solicitors and have helped me no end throughout my ordeal. I have had lots of medical advice from specialists which I am eternally grateful for which was all thanks to Glynns. I have to say I will actually miss my contact with Glynns when my case is over and would not hesitate to recommend them to other people who have been through a similar thing to me.

    Ms M

    Absolutely amazing, always available to talk, always kept informed every step of the way. Very supportive, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Ms S

    Highly recommend Glynns Solicitors. Very sensitive on personal injuries. Explained everything.

    Ms B

    The service I have received from Chris has been absolutely outstanding. He has made a traumatic and painful situation more bearable through his constant support, advice and friendliness. Thank you

    Ms A

    Lucy, thank you so much for everything over the last five and a half years, I really appreciate everything you, John, Carolynne and Abdul have done to support me and make this as painless as possible and to help me secure a fair settlement.

    Mrs M

    A wonderful, helpful service. Great advice and lots of patience, I definitely made the right decision.

    Ms D

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking on J’s case, for the comprehensive advice and also for keeping us regularly updated with regard to the progress. I would not hesitate to recommend you or the firm to anyone in the future.

    Mr B

    Absolutely amazing, always available to talk, always kept informed every step of the way. Very supportive, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Ms S

    Why Choose Us?

    Over 1,000 Cauda Equina Claim enquiries handled to date

    All initial enquiries are completely free of charge and without obligation

    Specialists in Cauda Equina Claims

    We have a range of funding options for you

    Part of Glynns Solicitors - specialist medical negligence claims solicitors serving England & Wales

    Our Expertise

    Law Society Accredited

    England & Wales

    We have specialist Cauda Equina Claim Solicitors ready and waiting to help you now, wherever you are located in England or Wales.

    Map of England and Wales