Cervical myelopathy is a common cause of chronic neck pain. It is a term used to describe the compression of the cervical spinal cord, a long band of tissue that carries signals from your brain to the rest of your body. Depending on the cause, the compression can cause sudden or gradually worsening pain, sensory problems, loss of balance, or paralysis.
Early signs of cervical myelopathy include neck pain or stiffness. If cervical myelopathy is untreated, the spinal cord compression may start to have neurological effects. This can cause more severe symptoms, including:
Cervical myelopathy may be caused by the following:
To diagnose cervical myelopathy, Dr Shiva may:
Nonsurgical options for relieving symptoms include physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. However, surgery is often necessary to eliminate spinal cord compression and prevent the worsening of the condition.
Dr Shiva may recommend a few surgical procedures for treating cervical myelopathy. Some patients may benefit from spine decompression surgery with spinal fusion. This stabilises the spine after fully or partially removing herniated discs, bone spurs, or hardened ligaments.