- Cervical myelopathy is a nervous system disorder that affects the neck.
- This condition often arises when the spinal cord is compressed in the neck, which can occur from natural wear and tear to spinal vertebrae.
- The spine specialists at Orthopedic & Wellness discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for patients suffering from cervical myelopathy.
If you suffer from cervical myelopathy, you know this condition is literally a pain in the neck. Cervical myelopathy usually occurs when intervertebral discs in the spine become worn down and apply pressure to the spinal cord. Unless an underlying degenerative spinal disease is present, intervertebral discs don’t usually wear down before the age of 40 or 50, which is why most cases of cervical myelopathy tend to develop in aging adults.
There are a number of nerve impulses that surround the cervical spine, which is why patients often experience a variety of symptoms. The most common symptoms associated with cervical myelopathy include:
- Weakness, numbness, and tingling in the hands and arms
- Neck pain
- Reduced coordinated and balance
- Tension in the neck and shoulders
As we mentioned previously, worn down spinal discs that compress the spine cause cervical myelopathy. This spinal compression is common with the following conditions:
- Bones spurs
- Herniated discs
- Arthritis of the spine (spondylosis)
- Vertebral fracture
If you’ve been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you may already be experiencing symptoms of cervical myelopathy. If that’s the case, call Orthopedic & Wellness today to receive a comprehensive physical examination. An Orthopedic & Wellness physician will test your reflexes, examine your coordination, and review your pain symptoms. An x-ray, MRI, CT scan, or myelogram may be ordered to determine the progression of your condition. This will help your physician come up with a treatment regimen, or figure out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.
Pain medication and interventional pain care may be administered first to decrease patient discomfort, then when the patient is ready, surgery may be performed to decompress the spinal cord. Call Orthopedic & Wellness today if you’re experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms. We look forward to hearing form you!
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