What is transverse myelitis and what treatments are available?

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Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis is inflammation of the spinal cord, and causes rapid development of leg weakness, with severity dependent upon the level of the spinal cord involved. The legs become paralysed and also loose feeling. After a period of 1-3 months, inflammation settles down and the legs start to recover their feeling and movement. Most people will go on to make a good to fair recovery, although this can take several months. It is often a single episode, but in a small percentage of people it can recur, or can be an indication of another neurological condition.

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Physiotherapy is very important to ensure you gain the best recovery. Exercises and stretches need to be the right ones for the amount of movement and power in your muscles. If the exercise is too vigorous, it may damage the muscle; if it is too gentle, you will not get the recovery. Balance will improve best with the right treatment, as will walking.