Cervical Myelopathy

Cervical Myelopathy

What It Is

The clinical syndrome that results from a disorder in the spinal cord that disrupts or interrupts the normal transmission of the neural signals is called a “myelopathy”. For anatomical reasons, cervical myelopathy may involve the arms and hands, legs, and bowel and bladder function.

Causes

There are many causes of cervical myelopathy; anything that interrupts the normal flow of neural impulses through the spinal cord may cause a clinical myelopathy. Some of the causes are trauma, viral processes, inflammatory or autoimmune disorders, tumors or degenerative processes including spondylosis and intervertebral disc herniation.

Treatment

The key to the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy is to remove the pressure from the spinal cord. The surgery is performed to prevent the progression of symptoms; clinical improvement may or may not occur. You will need to discuss your prognosis with your spine surgeon prior to making a decision to have surgery.