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Spinal cord compression is usually caused by a condition that puts pressure on the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an important extension of the brain that travels within the protective spinal cord and carries messages back and forth from the brain to the rest of your body. The nerves of the spinal cord send off branches throughout the entire body.
Spinal cord compression may occur anywhere from the neck down and to the lower spine. Symptoms can occur, including pain, numbness and weakness of a part of the body. Depending on the cause of the problem, the symptoms can be gradual or sudden and might require anything from emergency surgery to supportive care.
There is the cervical spine, the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine. Spinal compression can occur at any of the areas of the spine, depending on the nature of the compression and which areas of the spine take the greatest amount of pressure at any given point in time.
One of the most common reasons one gets spinal compression is the gradual wear and tear of osteoarthritis. Spinal cord compression tends to happen in people who are older than 50. There are types of spinal cord compression that happen much more quickly or even suddenly. Spinal cord compression can happen at any age.
The most common conditions that can cause spinal cord compression include the following:
As mentioned, symptoms of spinal cord compression can be fast or slow oncoming, depending on the cause. Injuries cause the most immediate symptoms and tumors or infections can take days or weeks to cause the patient’s symptoms. On the other hand, the wear and tear of arthritis can take years before symptoms show up.
The most common symptoms include pain and stiffness of the back, neck or lower back, burning pain in the buttocks, arms or down the legs, cramping, numbness or weakness in any part of the arms and legs, a loss of sensation in the feet, problems with hand coordination, “foot drop” or weakness in the foot that causes a person to limp, an a loss of sexual function.
Pressure on the nerves in the lumbar area can cause a serious set of symptoms related to cauda equina syndrome. If you have any the above symptoms, you need to get medical attention right away. Go to the emergency room if you have these:
The diagnosis of spinal compression depends on a good physician evaluation and examination. The doctor will look for signs of spinal compression at the various spinal levels. An X-ray of the spine can show bone spurs typical of arthritis. The misalignment of the spine can occur on that level. CT scan or MRI scan can give the doctor a better look at the spinal cord and the surrounding structures. A bone scan, a myelogram that uses dye in the spinal column, or an EMG, which can show electrical activity in the muscles of the upper or lower extremities, can all be helpful.
The treatment of spinal compression may involve a team of doctors, including arthritis specialists, bone surgeons, nerve specialists and physical therapists. The patient might get certain medications, injections, physical therapy or surgery. Surgery is used as a last resort except in the case of cauda equina syndrome or a broken back, in which case it is a surgical emergency.
Medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that take care of swelling and relieve pain. Steroids are injections that reduce the swelling. Physical therapeutic exercise can strengthen the back, abdomen, and leg muscles. Braces support the back and sometimes a cervical collar is helpful. Surgery is used to remove bone spurs and to widen the space between the vertebrae. Sometimes parts of the back are fused. Some people get better with chiropractic and acupuncture.
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