Causes of myelopathy include sudden trauma to the spine

Trauma to the spine is not one of the main causes of myelopathy, but it is a significant one nonetheless. Most cases of myelopathy develop as a result of the natural aging process, but sudden traumas can also cause compression of the spinal cord. These events can cause one of the vertebrae or discs in the spine to protrude out of its normal position where it can press up against the spinal cord, or they can cause the inner gel-like center of a disc to leak outward into the spinal canal. When the spinal cord is compressed, patients can experience the uncomfortable symptoms described in the following article.

Trauma that causes myelopathy

Traumatic events that can potentially cause myelopathy include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Industrial or occupational accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Violent assault
  • Falls

Although these events are certainly capable of triggering myelopathy, they don’t always result in injuries to the spinal cord. Many people experience traumatic events without ever developing any spinal complications.

Treating the symptoms of myelopathy

People who do develop a spinal injury as the result of a trauma may find it difficult to participate in their normal everyday activities. Myelopathy often results in pain, weakness and tingling in the extremities, as well as changes in hand-eye coordination, which can make it difficult for individuals to drive, work or participate in their normal hobbies. Pain medications, physical therapy and chiropractic manipulation are often recommended as a conservative treatment options depending on the severity of your condition.

However, if several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment fail to provide you with adequate relief from your symptoms, then surgical intervention may be necessary to ease your pain and discomfort. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several minimally invasive surgical options for patients with spinal complications such as myelopathy. Through a free MRI review,* we can help you determine if you’re a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, our board-certified surgeons+ have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain. To learn more about trauma to the spine, the other causes of myelopathy and the possible treatment options available to you, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We are here to help you get back to the activities you have been missing out on.