Symptoms may be slow to appear and may vary in their intensity.
A person should see his or her doctor if he or she has:
- Lost the ability to control his or her bladder or bowels
- Less or changed sensation between the legs or over the buttocks, the inner thighs, the back of the legs, the feet or the heels
- Pain, numbness or weakness in one or both legs. This may cause stumbling or trouble getting up from a chair.
Causes and Risk Factors
This condition may be caused by a ruptured disc (which provides a cushion between the bones of the spine and space for the nerves to pass from the spinal cord to other parts of the body), a tumor, infection, a fracture or a narrowing of the space through which the spinal cord passes may bring this on.
It may also be caused by violent impact such as a car crash, a fall from a great height or an injury like a gunshot or stabbing that enters the body.
Sometimes children are born with spinal problems that cause this condition.