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How common is it for somebody to get cervical myelopathy?

How common is it for somebody to get cervical myelopathy?

Pretty common: It is fairly common, though not as common as neck pain without nerve type symptoms or radiculopathy (arm pain, numbness, tingling, weakness due to irritation or pressure on a nerve rather than the spinal cord itself). ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Cervical Myelopathy (Definition)

Myelopathy means pathology affecting the spinal cord in the case in the cervical region vascular lesions, tumors inflammation degenerative disc disorders or infection ...Read more


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Do lots of people get cervical myelopathy, or is it unusual?

Not very frequent: Cervical myelopathy means the discs are compressing the spinal cord, causing spinal cord dysfunction, no just pain, they have to have weakness in there legs and sensory symptoms --this is rare more common cervical radiculopathy, where a disc compress one nerve root coming out, cause weakness, numbness and pain in one arm. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for cervical myelopathy?

Spine surgeon: Usually it is a spine surgeon (orthopedic or neurological spine surgeon). Sometimes a rehabilitation physician (physiatrist) will care for myelopathy. Myelopathy due to spinal cord compression is usually best treated by surgery unless the symptoms are very mild and stable (not worsening), or other medical conditions make surgery too risky. ...Read more

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Cervical myelopathy. What is it?

Cervical myelopathy. What is it?

Cord dysfunctional : The spinal cord malfunctions and there are multiple reasons including cord compression from things compressing it, expanding it or even stretching it or conditions that cause changes within the cord itself like irradiation. ...Read more

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What is cervical myelopathy due to?

Multiple reasons: A large disc herniation, narrowing of spinal canal due to degenerative changes, calcification of spine ligaments with enlargement, spinal trauma, instabilities secondary to prior trauma or degeneration, cysts, tumors, epidural abscesses, syringomyelia, post radiation, to name several reasons. Most times the spinal canal is too narrow for the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What causes most cervical myelopathy?

What causes most cervical myelopathy?

Neck arthritis: Myelopathy from spinal cord pressure is usually from disk bulges or herniations, bone spurs, ligament thickening from the degeneration ("aging") process ("arthritis" or spondylosis). People born with small canals and tendency for degeneration are more likely to get it than people born with large canals (the channel for the spinal cord). ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cervical myelopathy?

What sort of disease is cervical myelopathy?

Weakness: This literally means 'muscle weakness coming from the neck' or any kind of 'pinching of the nerves' in the neck causing weakness in the upper extremities. A MRI is the best test to find the source: usually a 'bulging disc' but a tumor needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Can cervical myelopathy lead to disabilities?

Can cervical myelopathy lead to disabilities?

Yes: By definition, a cervical myelopathy is a condition that causes compression of the spinal cord in the neck. The symptoms of cervical myelopathy can be weakness in upper limbs in particular but can also cause weakness in the legs as well. In the upper limbs, one can see muscle wasting, particularly in the hands. Severe cord compression can cause problems with the bowels and bladder. See a doc. ...Read more

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I know cervical myelopathy has consequences. What are they?

Paralysis: If left untreated a cervical myelopathy will get progressively worse and lead to increasing difficulty using your hand, arms and increasing difficulty walking. You should see a neurosurgeon for a discussion regarding treatment options. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cervical myelopathy?

Cervical cord dis: Myelopathy means pathology affecting the spinal cord in the case in the cervical region vascular lesions, tumors inflammation degenerative disc disorders or infection are the usual causes. ...Read more

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Is there tratment for spasticity due to cervical myelopathy ?

Yes: Taking pressure off the spinal cord can reduce spasticity in some cases. Medication can help as well. For some, an pump can be implanted to put drug directly into the spinal fluid to reduce spasticity. See a physician who specializes in care of myelopathy (spine surgeons, many neurosurgeons, spinal cord injury specialists, rehabilitation specialists). ...Read more

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Any surgical tratment for spasticity due to cervical myelopathy ?

Any surgical tratment for spasticity due to cervical myelopathy ?

Possible: If the spasticity is due to myleopathy secondary to spinal cord compression , relieving the compression will prevent any symptom progression and may or may not relieve any existing findings or symptoms. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes cervical myelopathy?

Compression: Cervical myelopathy is most often caused by compression on the cervical spinal cord. This can occur acutely, for example, after a ruptured herniated disc or if there is a blood clot. This can also occur slowly over time as the patient develops spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal. This leads to "squeezing" of the spinal cord and the symptoms of myelopathy. ...Read more

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What is cervical myelopathy and how doe sit effect your reflexes?

Spinal cord problem: It is a problem with the spinal cord. A common cause is pressure from disk, bone spurs or soft tissues around the cord. Some reflexes are weakened, but most of them are increased. The person with myelopathy may notice this because the muscles are spastic (contract on their own, tight) and/or weak. ...Read more

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Help please! is dizziness and vertigo a symptom of cervical myelopathy?

Myelopathy: No. Ataxia, or a staggering walk akin to being drunk without alcohol is typical. Coordination problems--trouble writing, buttoning buttons, discerning coins in your pocket. Spastic reflexes or muscle twitches. Weakness in hands, numbness like stockings and gloves. These symptoms may progress to loss of walking very gradually, almost unnoticed until too late. ...Read more

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What has been the experience with a cervical myelopathy surgery for the spine..?

It is indicated: When diagnosed secondary to cord compression, it will get worse without surgery but this progression varies from patient to patient. Surgery is indicated to prevent progression but it is unpredictable as to extent of recovery but the earlier it is diagnosed with the least objective findings and symptoms, the better the prognosis. Cord changes on imaging also tend to suggest a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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What has been the experience/results after a cervical myelopathy surgery for the spine?

Generally ok: For this diagnosis, surgery will prevent a progression of the myleopathy but does not mean that whatever neurologic functions that have been affected will recover if at all. Recovery is variable as well if at all ranging from complete resolution of symptoms to no resolution to everything in between. Once diagnosed, it is best to treat it before it progresses based on the unpredictable recovery. ...Read more

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Spinal Cord Disease (Definition)

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more