How is cervical myelopathy treated?

Cervical Myelopathy

Cervical myelopathy refers to the compression of the spinal cord in the neck and can be the result of a number of conditions, including herniated discs, bulging discs and bone spurs. Beginning at the base of the brain, the spinal cord runs through the cervical (neck) area of the spinal column and continues all the way down to the lumbar (lower) spine. The spinal cord carries signals from the brain to all regions of the body. At any point where the spinal cord’s signals are interrupted, areas of the body below the interruption can be affected with pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Spinal cord compression in the cervical region of the spine often affects the arms, hands, bowels, bladder and legs.

How is cervical myelopathy treated?

The majority of patients experiencing the symptoms associated with cervical myelopathy will likely be able to effectively manage their pain with conservative treatments, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Rest
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Pain medication

Your doctor will be able to help you create a nonsurgical treatment plan tailored to your specific condition.

Is cervical myelopathy ever treated with surgery?

Some individuals may require surgical treatment in the form of stabilization. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive stabilization procedures that provide a number of benefits over traditional open back surgery, including a lower risk of infection and no lengthy recovery.^ To learn more about the minimally invasive spine stabilization procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, please contact us today. We would be happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine whether you may be a candidate for our procedures.