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Unformatted text preview: limits spinal movement. If the herniation applies pressure to the nerve roots either sciatica or cauda equina Sciatica is a set of symptoms that are caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve. Symptoms of sciatica include:-• Tingling, burning or a dull ache which originates in the lumbar spine and radiates down the posterior aspect of the thigh, calf and into the foot • The pain is usually unilateral • Patient may also experience weakness and numbness in the areas affected Cauda Equina Syndrome is a neurological emergency which can lead to permanent paraplegia. Signs and symptoms include:-• Weakness on the muscles in the legs • Sensory loss in the saddle region (referred to as saddle anaesthesia) • Autonomic dysfunction:-o Sphincter weakness leading to urinary retention and bowel incontinence o Impotence and sexual dysfunction...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10