Myelopathy is a disorder that can be caused by a range of conditions, from degenerative disc disease to trauma. Symptoms vary depending on the location of compression but can include weakness, numbness, and difficulty walking. If left untreated, myelopathy can cause significant pain and debilitation. At the Orthopaedic Institute Brielle Orthopaedics, we offer minimally invasive techniques to reduce downtime and improve outcomes. Our skilled medical team is available to answer any questions and schedule a consultation as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about myelopathy and other spinal disorders.
Myelopathy is a condition in which the spinal cord becomes compressed, often as a result of the spinal canal becoming narrower. This disorder can occur as a result of the natural process of aging or as a consequence of another ailment such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylosis, or herniated disc. Additionally, autoimmune diseases, tumors, and trauma can lead to myelopathy. If left untreated, this concern could eventually damage the spinal nerves and cause significant debilitation and pain. Myelopathy can occur at any level of the spine, but it most commonly affects the neck (cervical spine). Our board certified orthopaedic surgeons have extensive training in spine and pain management, and they can help you relieve pain and restore function with the latest techniques.
If you have more questions about myelopathy, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled surgeons, please contact the Orthopaedic Institute Brielle Orthopaedics today.
Myelopathy can affect the spine at any level, so your symptoms will vary depending on the location of the compression. If pressure is being applied in the cervical region, you may experience weakness, numbness, tingling, or unsteadiness in your arms and hands. If the compression affects the middle or lower spine, walking may be more difficult and you may notice numbness or weakness in your legs. Other symptoms can include muscle spasms and unexpected reflexes. In rare cases, bladder and bowel control may decline.
Myelopathy can make many activities uncomfortable, difficult, or even impossible. At the Orthopaedic Institute Brielle Orthopaedics, we offer a number of advanced myelopathy treatment options. In most cases, this condition will require a surgical approach. We utilize state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques that can reduce downtime and improve your outcome.
For more information about myelopathy and other spinal disorders, please contact our office today. Our friendly and knowledgeable medical team will answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation as soon as possible.