Myelopathy causes and treatments

Being diagnosed with myelopathy can be confusing and concerning news. You may find yourself wondering what could have caused your condition, as well as what treatment options are available to you.

At Laser Spine Institute, our goal is to guide you with information about your condition and the treatment options available to you so you can make a confident decision about your spine care needs. We understand that sometimes being diagnosed with a spine condition can be scary, but we also recognize that this diagnosis is the first step toward finding treatment and pain relief.

To better understand the treatment options available to you, it is important to know what causes myelopathy and how your body reacts to this condition.

Myelopathy causes

Myelopathy is a condition that describes symptoms related to a disorder affecting the spinal cord. Often resulting from compression or irritation of the spinal cord by displaced spinal anatomy, myelopathy can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the most common causes of myelopathy include:

  • Trauma
  • Natural degeneration of the spine
  • Instability of elements within the spinal column
  • Spinal deformity

Though the exact cause may vary from patient to patient, suffering from myelopathy can be debilitating. In many cases, conservative treatments like physical therapy and medication can be very effective in treating myelopathy and related symptoms, but surgery is sometimes recommended if other options have been exhausted.

For patients considering myelopathy surgery, we believe treatment for this condition should not include the increased risks and extended recovery time associated with traditional open neck or back surgery. That is why Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective treatment alternative for patients with myelopathy.^

Minimally invasive spine surgery for myelopathy treatment

At Laser Spine Institute, our highly skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive stabilization and minimally invasive decompression procedures that can treat many of the conditions that cause myelopathy, including bulging and herniated discs or spinal osteoarthritis. Because our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, our patients can enjoy a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication compared to traditional open neck or back surgery. For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

A member of our dedicated team will be glad to help you receive a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.