Anterior Cord Syndrome

Anterior spinal cord syndrome is most of the time a product of artery compression that is found in the length of the spinal cord. This compression might be a result from a huge disc herniation or from bone fragments. Most patients who are suffering from anterior spinal cord syndrome usually suffer from absolute loss of power and strength just below the area of injury. This syndrome often happens in the absence of spinal injuries or any other traumatic injury in the spine (The Journal of Emergency Medicine 2010).

As for the senses, loss of it is incomplete. Most of the time your sense to temperature and pain is lost but your sense to position and vibration is still there. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for anterior cord syndrome. Treatment program often consist of rest, surgery and drug therapy to manage the condition.

Of all the kinds of cord syndrome, anterior cord syndrome hast the worst scenario or diagnosis. If recovery is clearly seen during the first day or twenty-four hours then prognosis for such condition is good but if there is loss of senses then the hope for functional recovery is very poor. Patients who have this diagnosis (loss of senses) have very low percentage of recovering their bodily functions. In fact only about ten to fifteen percent of patients showed functional recovery.