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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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Myelopathy (Definition)

Myelopathy is a general term describing the presence of disease in the spinal cord. There is a large range of causes such as viral infections and trauma. Movement and sensation may ...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?

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?

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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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


Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Spinal Cord Disease (Definition)

Spinal cord disease is a condition where the nerves of the spinal cord are injured or infected. This affects their function and causes ...Read more