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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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