Spine Conditions
Myelopathy

Myelopathy

Myelopathy reduces spinal function as a result of trauma or degenerative spinal conditions.


What is myelopathy?

Myelopathy refers to decreased spinal cord function caused by trauma to the spine or other degenerative spine conditions, and can result in trouble walking and balancing.

This can be caused by herniated discs, bone spurs, or other conditions that cause a squeezing or compression of the spinal cord, and often occurs more commonly in the elderly. The condition comes with the risk of irreversible injury to the spinal cord and can lead to serious disability for the patient.

Our Approach

While mild pain related to myelopathy can be treated with pain medication and physical therapy, many patients will require surgery, and sometimes quite urgently. Myelopathy sufferers with nerve root or spinal cord compression may greatly benefit from a minimally invasive procedure. Using the minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure, our doctors will pinpoint the damaged area in the spine, and using just a small incision, operate to relive the pressure on your nerves or spinal cord. This pressure relief should help stop muscle weakness and provides the best chance for recovery.

Symptoms

Myelopathy is usually first detected when people notice they are having difficulty walking up and down stairs, keeping their balance, tying shoes, and other tasks that require coordination. The condition occurs gradually, and can be difficult to detect. Patients with problems like the ones described and any history of neck pain and problems may be experiencing myleopathy.

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