Transverse Myelitis or TM is a rare condition where inflammation of the spinal cord causes weakness in the leg muscles. This is usually rapid in onset, and the severity will depend on the spinal level that is affected. The legs, and sometimes the arms and trunk, will become paralysed and lose feeling. After a period of 1-3 months, recovery will start and feeling and power will return. Most people will go on to make a good to fair recovery, although this can take several months. TM is usually a single episode, but a small percentage of people will have a recurrence, or it may be an indication of another neurological condition.
TM is a condition that requires careful handling if you are to get the best possible recovery. Exercises and stretches need to be right for the amount of movement and power in your muscles. If exercise is too vigorous, it may damage the muscles: if it is too gentle, you will not get the improvements. Treatment is individualised to assist with balance, power, stamina and walking. Fatigue and pain management is also important with TM.