What is Myelopathy?

October 18, 2017 | Back Pain, Neck Pain
What is Myelopathy?

Myelopathy means there are clinical signs and symptoms occurring as the result of problems with your spinal cord. Some problems are the result of metabolic conditions, infections, and multiple sclerosis. The more common causes we see at NewSouth NeuroSpine are from pressure on the spinal cord from bone spurs, disc herniations, fractures, and tumors.

Pain in the cervical (neck) area or thoracic area may occur with myelopathy but not always. Loss of strength, numbness and tingling, and incoordination are frequently seen. Simple activities such as walking, buttoning a shirt, writing, or balancing may become difficult.

Finding the source of the problem is the first step in making an accurate diagnosis. It begins with a clinical examination by one of our medical providers at NewSouth NeuroSpine. The most common test required is a MRI scan. In some cases myelography, CT scan, spinal fluid analysis, and special blood tests are ordered. If pressure on the spinal cord from bone spur, disc, or tumor is found, surgery may be needed, and all of our surgeons at NewSouth are highly trained to perform the procedure required. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important you seek help from a specialist. Schedule an appointment today with one of our team of doctors and put your fears at ease.