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Exercise Therapy For Cauda Equina Syndrome
Depends: Cauda equina is often caused by a very larger herniated disc. This can be treated with urgent surgery. Other causes would be tumors, hemorrhages and penetrating trauma, such as a gunshot wound. The outcomes from treatment are highly variable, and depend on the mechanism, degree of deficit and the timing of the intervention. ...Read more
Spinal cord ends at upper lumbar spine (l1-2 level) and become a bundle of nerve roots, which look like horse tail. It passes bony tube inside the lumbar vertebrae while sending out nerve roots at each spine levels. You can easily visualize the anatomy on-line if ...Read more
Surgery: Cauda equina is a syndrome that causes numbness and weakness to the lower extremities from a severe compression of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine. In addition it can cause urinary or bowel problems. This is a surgical emergency and requires a decompressive procedure so to not be left with permanent nerve damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: That's like asking, "One of the rooms in my house is uncomfortably warm. How can I prevent my house from burning down?" Aside from the fact that a house fire produces heat, the two things are unrelated. CAS is RARE. Sciatica and CAS can be produced by some of the same pathologies, but sciatica is just a pain. CAS is serious. My advice: Find something else to worry about. ...Read more
Surgery & supportive: Cauda equina syndrome requires emergency surgery & i know of no effective alternatives to that- but being holistic means using all modalities including surgery; homeopathy & nutritional support can reduce complications & speed recovery. Any residual symptoms after surgery can be addressed with acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, physical therapy, yoga, biofeedback and other complementary modalities. ...Read more
Question about cauda equina syndrome caused by spinal nodule/tumor on cauda equina nerve roots - possible metastasis with severe increasing symptoms?
Don't delay: Cauda equina syndrome is the loss of sensation or strength in the legs, along with loss of bowel and bladder control. It can be caused by tumor masses compressing nerve roots emanating from the lower part of the spinal cord. It is a medical emergency that may require surgery or radiation to prevent a permanent loss of function. ...Read more
POST OP TOO: TOO is a very tricky diagnosis to make hopefully you had a full workup with US/MRA/MRI. You need to check with your doctor over timing of when to start PT. The goal is always to decrease pain and increase ROM. You don't want to wait too long and risk getting a post op frozen shoulder . Call your surgeon and pick a PT person who has experience with post op TOO. Exercises are available theraband.com ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is sacral nerve stimulation likely to work for patient who has neurogenic bladder due to cauda equine syndrome.?
SNS: That question is difficult to answer without additional information, like urodynamic findings and current bladder management. The great thing about sacral nerve stimulation is that it is tested prior to full implantation and you will be able to answer the question for yourself as to whether or not it worked for you prior to implantation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Cauda equina (tail of the horse) is just the end of the spinal cord. If there is spinal stenosis, there can be severe back and butt pain and difficulty standing up straight. There can be pinching of sacral nerves that cause pain down the leg and weakness in the feet. Sometimes bowel and bladder function can be affected. Tethering of the spinal cord may be involved. Paralysis should not occur. ...Read more
PT after Surgery: Yes it is.Get a more detailed answer ›
First line therapy: Physical therapy is the first line of therapy for true thoracic outlet syndrome, and it is often very successful. If other conditions have been ruled out, such as carp al tunnel syndrome, and physical therapy has not effect, then a surgery such as first rib resection or resection of an extra cervical rib can be performed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to have residual calf cramping and lateral foot pain a year out from laminectomy for l5-s1disc herniation w/ cauda equina syndrome?
I have bulging disks at l-4-l-5, l5-s-1, compression of nerve bundle, stenosis, aethrotic spurs.3recs.Diskectomy, lamenectomy, fusion. What is best route?
Decompression: When someone has symptoms from nerve compression due to stenosis and the spine is stable, decompressive procedures such as discectomy (laminotomy) or laminectomy are usually best. If the spine is unstable or if decompressing the spine would make it unstable, the decompressive procedures are best combined with fusion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is pelvic floor rehabilitation therapy effective for interstitial cystitis (aka: painful bladder syndrome)?
Follow up to previous question. Can severe pain after bm in patient with ankylosing spodylitis or spinal stenosis be warning for cauda equina syndrom?
Is yoga a good exercise therapy for someone who is 14 months post op two level lumbar spinal fusion?
YOGA For everyone: Yes. It is an incredible and valuable form of stretching and exercise that many people with musculoskeletal issues find beneficial. It is also a great way to learn to calm one's mind and to gain some control in a life filled with pain and anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)
Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more
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