Cervical myelopathy is a problem caused by pressure on your spinal cord. This pressure may come from a bone spur. Or it may come from a herniated disc. In some cases, aging makes the discs and ligaments around the spine thicker. This can also put pressure on the spinal cord.
Cervical myelopathy can cause different symptoms. It may cause numbness and pain. It may also cause weakness in the arms, hands, and legs. For some people, it's hard to walk. Others have neck pain or problems with urination and bowel movements.
Treatment depends on the cause and your symptoms. You may need regular checkups or you may need surgery to help take pressure off the nerve.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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