Others have a fatty growth called an epidural lipoma that forms within the spinal canal; this is usually harmless but may result in tethering of the spinal cord. They need the help of their families. Antibiotics are given to prevent infection of the exposed spinal cord and nerves until these structures can be protected by surgery. Medically reviewed by Aimee V. To find a support group that works for you, contact the following organization. Young adults can also learn to find and safely use buses, cabs, and ride-hailing services.