- Posted on: Mar 30 2018
At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders we see plenty of disc herniations, compressed nerves, and bulging discs. All of these can lead to myelopathy, which refers to the loss of spinal cord activity. This can be a result of sudden injury or the natural degeneration of the spine that occurs with aging.
It’s important to treat myelopathy proactively so that it doesn’t impact the patient’s quality of life and to prevent serious, permanent damage to the spinal cord.
What Causes Myelopathy?
The spinal cord can be adversely impacted by degenerative changes to the spine. The impact of decades of everyday uses and stresses takes a toll on the spine, which also loses water content as we age. Spinal degeneration is the most common cause of myelopathy, but these are other causes:
- Benign or cancerous tumors that compress the spinal cord
- Bone spurs
- A traumatic injury, such as a car accident of sports injury
- A dislocation fracture
- Autoimmune diseases such as MS
- Genetic predisposition or congenital defects
Other factors can increase your risk: smoking, obesity, overly sedentary lifestyles, repetitive strenuous movement as in physical labor, improperly lifting heavy objects, and others.
What Symptoms Will You Feel With Myelopathy?
Your symptoms vary depending on the location of the spinal cord damage, but these are typical symptoms:
- Tingling or numbness in the arms and legs
- A heavy feeling in the legs and an inability to move quickly
- Pain in the shoulders and arms
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty writing
- Problems turning or bending the neck or back
- Hand-eye coordination problems
- Irregular, spasmodic movements
- Changes in sexual function
- Bowel or bladder complications
- Fatigue or frailty in the limbs
These symptoms will increase and intensify over time. That’s why it’s important to receive medical attention before irreparable spinal cord damage is done.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you have any of the symptoms of myelopathy? If so, please contact our office at (817) 916-4685 to schedule a consultation. We can isolate the problem area of your spine and treat the condition before it creates permanent damage.
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