The cauda equina is formed by nerve roots in the lower back. CES is caused by compression of the nerves.
Without early interventions, the possible consequences can be devastating, including irreversible damage to bladder and bowel function, and sexual dysfunction.
For further information about the signs and symptoms of this condition please view the information card PDF which is available in multiple languages below.
If you experience any of the signs and symptoms mentioned in the CES information cards please contact your GP or NHS 111 immediately.