What is it?

Spinal cord compression is a medical condition characterized by pressure on the spinal cord, which can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, numbness, and weakness.

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Signs & symptoms

- Pain, numbness, or tingling in the neck, back, arms, or legs
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- Difficulty walking or balancing
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Sexual dysfunction


Diagnosis of spinal cord compression may involve imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans. Other diagnostic tests may include electromyography (EMG) or nerve conduction studies.


Treatment of spinal cord compression depends on the underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, conservative measures such as physical therapy or pain management may be recommended. In other cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and prevent further damage.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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