Cervical Myelopathy

Understanding Cervical Myelopathy

Cervical myelopathy is a condition that occurs when the spinal cord in the neck (cervical spine) becomes compressed or damaged, leading to a range of symptoms and functional limitations. The compression of the spinal cord can result from various factors, such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or spinal tumors.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Identifying the symptoms of cervical myelopathy is crucial for timely diagnosis and treatment. Common symptoms associated with this condition include:

Weakness or clumsiness in the hands or arms

Difficulty with fine motor skills

Numbness or tingling in the extremities

Lack of coordination or balance issues

Problems with walking or gait abnormalities

Neck pain or stiffness

Loss of bladder or bowel control (in severe cases)


Cervical Myelopathy Causes

Cervical myelopathy can have a profound impact on the health of your neck and spinal cord, leading to a range of symptoms and functional limitations. It is crucial to delve into the factors behind this condition to manage and prevent its progression effectively. Cervical myelopathy occurs when the spinal cord in the neck becomes compressed or damaged, often due to degenerative changes in the spine. The leading causes of cervical myelopathy include age-related degeneration, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, and spinal cord injuries. Understanding these underlying causes empowers you to make informed decisions about treatment options, lifestyle modifications, and preventive measures.


Exploring Treatment Options

At Metropolitan Neurosurgery Brain & Spine, we understand the impact that cervical myelopathy can have on your daily life. Our goal is to provide you with information on treatment options that can help alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall well-being.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Physical therapy and targeted exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination.

Medications to manage pain and reduce inflammation.

Assistive devices, such as braces or orthotics, provide stability, and support.

Surgical Treatment

When conservative treatments fail to provide sufficient relief, surgical intervention may be necessary. Our website will guide you through the various surgical options available for cervical myelopathy, including:

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF): A procedure that removes the damaged disc or bone spurs and stabilizes the spine through fusion.

Posterior Cervical Laminectomy: This surgery removes the lamina (a part of the vertebra) to create more space and relieve pressure on the spinal cord.

Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR): An alternative to fusion surgery, ADR involves replacing the damaged disc with an artificial disc, preserving motion in the neck.


Begin Your Journey to Recovery Today

Don’t let Cervical Myelopathy hold you back any longer. Start your journey to recovery today by calling or requesting an appointment.
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