Spinal cord compression is caused by any condition that creates pressure on your spinal cord. Spinal cord compression can happen at any cervical or lumbar region in the spine where bone fragments from a vertebral fracture, a tumor, abscess, ruptured disc or other lesion is applying pressure.
Typically, spinal cord compression is the result of abnormal spine alignment, injury, bone disease, arthritis or infection. The causes of spinal cord compression may be the result of aging and onset slowly, while other causes may create a rapid and painful onset.
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There are many ways your spinal cord can be compressed, but typically the result is pain and stiffness in the affected area. Other symptoms you may experience include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck, back or lower back
- Burning pain the radiates to the extremities (sciatica)
- Numbness, cramping, or weakness in the arms, hands, or legs
- Loss of sensation in the feet
- Trouble with hand coordination
- Foot drop, or trouble lifting the front of the foot when walking
- Loss of sexual ability
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
Spinal cord compression requires immediate medical attention to prevent long-term nerve damage or disability. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of spinal cord compression, contact a back and neck specialist right away to get an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.
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