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Can cervical myelopathy lead to disabilities?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Sharad Rajpal
Sometimes these symptoms can be subtle and not detected until it's too late. Even noting simple problems with dexterity of the hands, dropping objects with the hands, balance issues with walking are also common symptoms.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes!
It can be quite disabling.
While it may be mild and not progress (get worse), it often does worsen. If it continues, it can lead to paralysis of the arms and legs (tetraplegia, quadriplegia). See a spinal specialist or neurologist for evaluation and treatment options. Do not ignore myelopathy.

In brief: Yes!
It can be quite disabling.
While it may be mild and not progress (get worse), it often does worsen. If it continues, it can lead to paralysis of the arms and legs (tetraplegia, quadriplegia). See a spinal specialist or neurologist for evaluation and treatment options. Do not ignore myelopathy.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Yes
This condition can lead to significant physical impairments that may lead to disabilities depending on the extent of neurologic involvement and on an occupational level depending on the type of occupation and one's educational level and the ability to modify one's duties if at all based on the physical impairments.
Depression related to this pathology is not uncommon.

In brief: Yes
This condition can lead to significant physical impairments that may lead to disabilities depending on the extent of neurologic involvement and on an occupational level depending on the type of occupation and one's educational level and the ability to modify one's duties if at all based on the physical impairments.
Depression related to this pathology is not uncommon.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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