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What is Cervical Myelopathy?
Within the cervical spine, there are 7 spinal vertebrae with nerves extending outward and each vertebrae is cushioned by spinal discs. Cervical myelopathy occurs when the spinal cord itself is compressed by a spinal disc or a bone spur in the spine.
In most instances, cervical myelopathy occurs due to degenerative changes to the spinal discs or joints within the spine including degenerative disc disease as well as arthritis within the spine. However, cervical myelopathy can also be caused by a sudden impact to the neck such as a car accident or injury.
Because cervical myelopathy affects the spinal cord and spinal nerves, the symptoms can be varied and complex. These symptoms may also appear slowly over time and become progressively more frequent.
If you have cervical myelopathy the symptoms can include:
- Neck pain
- Weakness in the arms, hands and fingers
- Tingling in the arms, hands or fingers
- Difficulty grasping objects
- Loss of balance or motor skills
How is Cervical Myelopathy Treated at The Spine Institute of Louisiana?
To alleviate the symptoms of cervical myelopathy the key is to alleviate the pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. In many cases this can be achieved using non-surgical treatments.
- Non-surgical treatments may include:
- A cervical brace
- Physical therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Epidural steroid injections
If non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate symptoms, your Spine Institute of Louisiana Spine Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure to decompress the spinal cord and spinal nerves. These minimally invasive procedures can include a Cervical Spinal Fusion or a Laminectomy.
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- If you have been experiencing the symptoms of cervical myelopathy, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Specialists.
- We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you.
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