How cauda equina syndrome can creep up on you after a wreck

Friday, May 5th, 2023

A motor vehicle accident happens so fast that there’s barely any time to register what happened before you’re thrown forward – and then thrown back into your seat by your airbag or other restraints.

When the wrecks are bad, most people are just glad if they can walk away from the crash in one piece, aches and bruises aside. However, you need to be particularly wary of pain in your lower spine because you could develop cauda equina syndrome.

It’s a very specific type of spinal cord injury

When you get thrown back on your tailbone in a wreck, it’s not uncommon to end up with herniated discs in your back. If these discs are in the lower part of your spine, they can end up pinching the delicate nerve bundles there that control the feeling in your waist, lap and legs.

If you don’t receive prompt surgical treatment to relieve the pressure and reverse the damage, you can end up with permanent complications. Cauda equina syndrome draws its name from one of its most obvious signs: partial or total loss of sensation in the “saddle area.”

In addition, cauda equina syndrome can leave victims with sexual dysfunction, weakness in their legs and chronic pain, including “pins and needles” or burning sensations in their legs or feet.

If you’ve experienced a catastrophic injury in a car wreck, like a spinal injury, you may be facing major surgery or a lifetime of medical complications. You have every right to seek fair compensation for your losses and the money you need to protect your family’s future.