Symptoms of myelopathy

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 disorder of the spinal cord, myelopathy can be caused by many factors including the natural degeneration of the spine, trauma, instability or deformity. These conditions can compress the spinal cord, causing the symptoms described in the following article.

Sings of myelopathy

Some of the most common symptoms associated with myelopathy include:

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

For many patients, treatment options are available to help relieve the pain and discomfort of this condition. Often, patients turn to a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine fusion^ in the form of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive myelopathy surgery. To find out what sets us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, contact our caring team today.

Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion

Our minimally invasive spine surgery is often clinically appropriate over the traditional posterior cervical fusion^ that is historically used to treat myelopathy. Performed through a small incision, our surgeons are able to spare the muscles surrounding the spine, avoiding any cutting or tearing. This careful approach reduces the risk of complication compared to a traditional fusion.^

Once our board-certified+ 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 also holds additional benefits over traditional posterior cervical fusion, including:

  • Small incision
  • Shorter recovery time^
  • Patient satisfaction score of 98^
  • Reduced risk of complication and infection^
  • Patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100^

If you are suffering from myelopathy, do not wait to find relief. Reach out to Laser Spine Institute to see if you may be a potential candidate for our minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion. Our team can perform a free MRI review* and help you find the treatment option that best fits your spine care needs.