Cervical Myelopathy Treatment
The spinal cord passes through the cervical spine from the brain, protected by the neck vertebrae and spinal discs. When pressure is placed on the spinal cord in the cervical spine, it can cause pain and other nerve disorders, this condition is called myelopathy. There are several issues that can cause cervical myelopathy. Treatment is based on identifying the cause and relieving pressure on the spinal cord. The neurospine surgeons at DOCS Health offer cervical myelopathy treatment at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.
Cervical myelopathy is the result of spinal conditions that are allowing the spinal cord to be compressed in the neck region. Common causes include stenosis, bone spurs, herniated discs, neck injuries, osteoarthritis, cancer and infections. Symptoms of cervical myelopathy include:
- Neck pain or discomfort
- Loss of sensation in the neck, shoulder, arm or hand
- Tingling or numbness in the neck, shoulder, arm or hand
- Difficulties with hand movement, especially fine motor skills
- Difficulty turning or bending the neck
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
To determine cervical myelopathy treatment, diagnostic testing and imaging are needed to determine what is causing spinal cord pressure and the area of the cervical spine that is affected.
Relief from Cervical Spinal Cord Compression
Non-surgical cervical myelopathy treatments are usually the first course of action. If inflammation is causing spinal cord compression, anti-inflammatory medication or steroid injections may be recommended. For physical compression from discs or vertebrae, manipulation or physical therapy may be effective.
When conservative or non-invasive treatments are ineffective, cervical myelopathy treatment may require surgery. The type of spinal surgery needed depends on the spinal structure compressing the spinal cord. Our neurospine surgeons offer many minimally-invasive spine surgeries that can relieve spinal cord pressure and the symptoms of myelopathy.
If you have symptoms of cervical myelopathy, contact us at DOCS Health. We can schedule a spine consultation with one of our neurospine surgeons at our clinic in Los Angeles to discuss treatment options.