Myelopathy symptoms

Suffering from myelopathy can be debilitating, sometimes even preventing you from doing the activities and daily tasks you once enjoyed.

Commonly used to describe the pathology or a disorder of the spinal cord, myelopathy can be caused by a number of factors including natural degeneration of the spine, trauma, instability or deformity. These conditions can compress the spinal cord, causing the pain and symptoms of myelopathy to occur.

Some of the most common symptoms associated with myelopathy include:

  • Weakness in hands and arms
  • Tingling in hands and arms
  • Numbness
  • Radiating or shooting pain
  • Localized pain
  • Inability to move freely without pain
  • Trouble controlling extremities

For many patients, treatment options are available to help relieve the pain and symptoms of this condition. While traditional spine fusion is an available treatment, many patients turn to the safer, more effective minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute to treat their myelopathy diagnosis.

Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion

Our minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion is a safer and effective alternative to the traditional posterior cervical fusion historically used to treat myelopathy.

Performed through a small incision, our skilled surgeons are able to spread the muscles around the spine apart, avoiding any cutting or tearing of the surrounding tissue or ligaments. This careful approach reduces the risk of complication and shortens the recovery time^ compared to a traditional fusion.

Once the surgeons reach the site of the condition, they will fuse together two or more vertebrae, stabilizing the spine while decompressing the spinal cord or surrounding nerve roots.

Our procedure holds a number of benefits over the traditional posterior cervical fusion including:

  • Shorter recovery time^
  • Small incision
  • 0.49 percent infection rate,^ traditional surgery boasts up to a 19 percent infection rate

If you are suffering from myelopathy, do not wait to find relief. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to see if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion. Our team can review your MRI report or CT scan and help you find the treatment option that best fits your needs.