Lower back pain is not typically a cause for alarm! In most cases, the pain is caused by overuse or injury to the area, both of which are remedied by medication, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery.
That said, there are a few situations where you might need to consider seeking medical attention as soon as possible!
Today, your trusted chiropractor in Vancouver WA would like to share one of these instances.
If you are experiencing progressive leg weakness in your lower extremities, such as in the legs or feet, it could mean that you are experiencing cauda equine syndrome. This condition is usually caused by a spinal injury, a spinal condition, or an infection that leads to the severe compression of your entire nerve sac in your lumbar spine.
Some other symptoms to watch out for with this condition are weakness in the following areas:
- Genital area
Cauda equine syndrome got its name from the Latin term for “horse’s tail,” due to the fact that the nerves at the end of your spine appear similar to a horse’s tail.
If you are suffering from this condition, your treatment options typically entail surgical decompression to remove the pressure on your nerves. It is important for this condition to be treated as soon as possible because if left untreated for too long, it could cause paralysis, loss of bladder or bowel control, and loss of sensation below your lumbar spine.
It you have been suffering with some of these symptoms, it is important to see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Contact us today if you think chiropractic care could help you!