Treatments & Conditions

Treatments for tethered cord syndrome include surgery and conservative (non-surgical) treatment to reduce symptoms.

Pre-Treatment Plan

At your first appointment, your doctor will have reviewed your comprehensive health questionnaire. Your answers give the doctor detailed information about your pain and ability to function. This will help determine how serious your symptoms are and what treatments will be most helpful. 

Conservative (Non-Surgical) Treatment 

If surgery is not the best option for you, the doctor might prescribe medication to reduce your symptoms. Some options are: 

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen
  • Strong painkillers (opiates) such as codeine or hydrocodone
  • Another type of medication, such as celecoxib

Surgical Treatment 

Because tethered cord syndrome often causes permanent nerve damage, your doctor might recommend surgery. It is best to have surgery as soon as possible, before the condition gets worse. The surgery for tethered cord syndrome removes tissue that presses on the spinal cord and stretches it. This allows the cord to move more freely.