Tethered Cord Syndrome

Tethered cord syndrome happens when the tissue around the spinal cord presses on spinal nerves and keeps them from moving normally. This stretches the spinal cord.  

Causes of tethered cord syndrome 

Tethered cord syndrome can be caused by:

Tethered Cord Symptoms

Tethered Spinal Cord In Children: 

  • Lesions, hairy patches, dimples or fatty tumors on the lower back
  • Foot and spine deformities
  • Leg weakness
  • Low back pains
  • Scoliosis
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control  

Tethered Cord In Adults:

  • Severe lower back pain that spreads to the legs, groin and between the legs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control

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