Myelopathy is a collective term used for varied types of issues involving the spinal cord. In case, the condition occurs due to an accident or trauma, it is referred to as spinal cord injury.
In some cases, myelopathy may occur due to a result of a disease, circulatory disorder, inflammation, or other issues affecting spinal column.
What to Know?
Myelopathy is a very serious condition demanding prompt and expert medical attention. Myelopathy can affect the whole spinal cord. It is unlike other kinds of back problems. Under this condition, the pain is restricted to a specific region of the neck, back, or legs. Myelopathy may be quite difficult to diagnose.
Causes of Spine Myelopathy
Some of the major causes of myelopathy include damage to spine due to the following:
- An injury
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal)
- Degenerative disc disorders
- Conditions affecting the spinal column (osteoporosis)
- Tumor of spinal column
- A result of another disease, such as multiple sclerosis
The symptoms of myelopathy at initial stages are so mild that they may be overlooked or go unnoticed. Older patients may ignore the symptoms thinking that these are a part of the ageing process. The team at Premier Brain and Spine hold expertise in diagnosing myelopathy using the following:
- Medical history.
- A detailed physical examination.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
- Other requisite tests
Different types of myelopathy require patients undergoing varied kinds of diagnostic tests.
Signs and Symptoms
Myelopathy makes it difficult for patients to participate in activities requiring a certain level of coordination. These include tying of shoes, walking downstairs, etc. Patients may also experience problems with balance, difficulty in walking, and/or muscle weakness. Initially, the symptoms may be mild and go unnoticed.
It is recommended that you consult Premier Brain and Spine Center if you observe any of the following symptoms:
- Changes in coordination
- Sudden weakness in muscle
- Problems controlling body
- Issues with hand-eye coordination
Treatment for Myelopathy
Injuries to the spinal cord and spine myelopathy are categorised as very serious and complex medical issues. The compression or pressure on the spinal cord may put extra pressure on nerves leading to weakness, pain, weakness, or lack of control.
So, when you experience weakness and pain in muscle, visit a doctor. Medical professionals usually recommend surgery with an aim to offer relief from pressure on the nerves. With time, pressure on the nerve can permanently damage it. Most of the cells within the body are capable of repairing themselves. However, in some cases, nerve cells may experience irreversible damage.
The team at the Premier Brain and Spine understands that a number of factors may influence the type of treatment given to the patient. You will be recommended the latest and best options and techniques for treating spine myelopathy.