Neurological Spinal Conditions

Spinal Injuries Scotland supports all people with spinal injury including those that arise from neurological conditions. Since we are not medically trained we don’t provide medical advice but by joining Spinal Injuries Scotland for free you will receive benefits that include our quarterly Newsline magazine and invitations to our events.

Below are details of some of the more common Neurological Spinal Conditions although there are other conditions that can affect the spine.

Transverse Myelitis
Transverse Myelitis is a neurological condition in which the spinal cord is inflamed. The inflammation damages nerve fibres, and causes them to lose their myelin coating leading to decreased electrical conductivity in the central nervous system.
Support Organisations
Transverse Myelitis Society
Transverse Myelitis Association (Facebook page)
Parents of Children with Transverse Myelitis, ADEMS, NMO and ON in Europe (Facebook page)
Transverse Myelitis Scotland including ADEM, NMO, ON or DEVIC’S (Facebook page)

Cauda equina syndrome
Cauda equina syndrome is a serious condition where the nerves at the very bottom of the spinal cord become compressed.
Support Organisation
The Cauda Equina Syndrome UK Charity

Guillain-Barré
Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare and serious condition of the peripheral nervous system. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system.
Support Organisation
Guillain-Barré and Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN)

Brown-Séquard syndrome
Brown-Séquard syndrome is caused by damage to one half of the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis and loss of proprioception on the same side as the injury or lesion, and loss of pain and temperature sensation on the opposite side as the lesion.