What is Myelopathy?
Myelopathy describes a neurologic deficit related to the spinal cord. It can be caused by trauma, which is often associated with spinal cord injury. Obtained from either a simple fall to high speed motor vehicle or motorcycle collision. It can also be caused by inflammation, known as myelitis, or vascular causes known as vascular myelopathy. Though the most common cause of myelopathy is in the neck, and known as cervical spondylotic myelopathy caused by advanced spondylosis or arthritis in the cervical spine.
The diagnosis of myelopathy is made by a licensed medical professional and is usually based on clinical examation. Myelopathy is commonly associated with weakness of the arms or legs, hyperreflexia and pathologic reflexes, and gait or walking difficulties.
How is Myelopathy diagnosed?
Diagnostic imaging starting with radiographs of the affected areas advancing to either CT scans, myelograms and MRI’s. These are ordered to diagnose the areas involved and to aid in forming a treatment plan for the patient.
Treatment of myelopathy ranges from simple observation for young patients with stable myelopathy advancing to immediate surgery to prevent progressive weakness that could evolve to paralysis from significant narrowing around the spinal cord. Surgeries for cervical spondylotic myelopathy range from anterior (front of the spine) surgeries to posterior (back of the spine) surgeries or possibly both.
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