The danger signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome

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Injury to a disc, or a herniated disc can be a hugely painful experience, stopping your body from functioning properly.  However, such an injury can also be dangerous as it risks debilitating nerve injury.

To the base of the spinal column is a fan of nerves known as the Cauda Equina. If crushed, as in the case of an injury to a disc, the Cauda Equina can become damaged. If the damage is identified early it can be treated.  However if is not diagnosed promptly the damage can be permanent causing significant life-altering limitations such as back pain, leg weakness, bladder and bowel weakness and sexual disfunction.

Just as with the onset of a Stroke, it is important that everyone knows the warning signs of injury and acts fast if they notice them.

Danger Signs of damage to the Cauda Equina



Saddle Anaesthesia

Any loss of feeling around the buttocks, anus and genitals




Severe nerve pain in back and/or down one or both legs




Bladder or Bowel incontinence or difficulty going to the toilet




Lack of sensation or weakness in the legs






All of the symptoms above could be a symptom of Cauda Equina– please contact your GP or A&E department immediately.

Without urgent treatment the damage can be permanent.


At Jobling Gowler, we are specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors who have extensive experience in handling such complex and life debilitating injuries.  Gill Peate, Head of our Clinical Negligence team.  Gill was previously a ward sister and brings a wealth of medical insight to our nationally recommended team of legal professionals.

We have successfully acted for a number of clients who have suffered missed Cauda Equina injuries.  Our senior partner, Simon Gowler, has a special interest in this area.  Simon recently settled two of these types of claim, one of which achieved a seven-figure settlement, the largest recorded settlement of this type.

If you believe that you or a loved one may have suffered because of missed or delayed diagnosis, then please contact one of our specialist solicitors who will be happy to arrange an initial free consultation.  Please call today on 01625 614250 or contact us via email at