Myelopathy is damage to the spinal cord due to severe compression often resulting from trauma, congenital stenosis, degenerative disease or disc herniation. Sometimes accompanied by radiculopathy, it can occur in any area of the spine:
Myelopathy typically develops slowly as result of the gradual degeneration of the spine. While subtle at first, symptoms can include:
Exact symptoms depend on where the myelopathy is present in the spine.
Risk factors for cervical myelopathy, the most common form, include:
Myelopathy treatment depends on the causes of myelopathy. Nonsurgical treatments like bracing, physical therapy and medication may be recommended for mild conditions in an effort to reduce pain and help you return to your daily activities.
More severe condition may require surgical intervention to relieve the pressure on your spinal cord. Minimally invasive spine surgery often offers relief with a lower risk for complications and a potentially faster recovery than conventional open surgery procedures.
To learn more, call 330.835.5533 to schedule an appointment with a Summa spine specialist.