Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare but serious neurological condition affecting the bundle of nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord. The CE provides innervation to the lower limbs, and sphincter,controls the function of the bladder and distal bowel and sensation to the skin around the bottom and back passage.
Cauda Equina has hit the headlines again on the BBC where they have shared the stories of Catrina Farnell and Martin Brown and discussed the latest figures of compensation claims from missed CES diagnosis. The sum of which can come to some £4 million per claim and up to £150-200 million per year for the NHS.
The article expressed the importance of GPs and Doctors recognising the symptoms of the condition however it is equally important for Physiotherapists to recognise the condition too. This is especially important with the rise of First Contact Practicitoners and Advanced Practice Roles where you can be the first person to recognise the symptoms of CES.
Thankfully Physiopedia has some incredible CES resources for you written by three experts on the condition; Laura Finucane, Sue Greenhalgh and Chris Mercer. The resource contains everything you need to make sure you don’t miss the debilitating condition in clinical practice.
If you are interested in getting involved in a Physiopedia project and are worried about the logistics don’t worry. Laura said it was easy and that she had clear instructions and guidance. If you are, don’t hesitate to get in touch.