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 through 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 a disorder of the spinal cord. Often resulting in compression of the spinal cord, 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
  • Deformity

Though the exact cause may vary from patient to patient, suffering from myelopathy can be debilitating. 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 we offer minimally invasive spine surgery as a safer and effective treatment alternative for patients with myelopathy.

Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion

The minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion at Laser Spine Institute is a safer and more effective alternative to the traditional open neck or back surgery often used to treat this condition. Because our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, our patients experience lower risks and can avoid the overnight hospitalization required for traditional open neck or back surgery.

Through a small incision in the back of the neck, our surgeons are able to use less invasive techniques to move the muscle aside, rather than cut and tear unnecessarily. This technique greatly reduces the risk of postoperative complication and shortens the recovery time^ compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.

For more information or to request a review of your MRI report or CT scan, contact Laser Spine Institute today.