Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

About / Causes / Treatment

is a unique form of pressure in which the spinal cord itself is compressed in the neck from bone spurs (spondylosis), disc herniation or instability. If an individual nerve is also under pressure, radiculopathy is added to the diagnosis.

Spinal cord pressure may lead to weakness in the arms and legs, imbalance, difficulty with fine motor control and loss of bowels/bladder function.

Correct diagnosis is key. Treatment may be non-operative with close follow-up to delineate progression or, quite commonly, surgery to remove the pressure.

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