Spinal cord compression is a result of a condition which puts pressure upon our spinal cord. The spinal cord is a group of nerves which carries communication forth and back from our brain to the muscles & to other soft tissues too. The spinal cord travels down to our back. Hence, protected by a pile of backbones, known as vertebrae. They hold the body upright.
Causes of spinal cord compression
Osteoarthritis or the gradual wear and tear on bones of our spine is 1 of the most common reasons for spinal cord compression. Individuals suffer from spinal cord compression due to this reason are generally over 50 years of age.
Other conditions which can lead to spinal cord compression could develop faster or suddenly & may take place at any age:-
Symptoms of spinal cord compression
The symptoms of spinal cord compression may develop both quickly or slowly. It depends on the causes. Injuries can lead to immediate symptoms. Infections and tumors can lead to symptoms which develop across days or weeks. The wear & tear of spine could take years to result in the symptoms.
Pressure on the nerves in our lumbar area or lower back may also lead to more serious symptoms called CaudaEquina syndrome. If one has any or all the below mentioned symptoms, they are required to seek immediate medical assistance: