Myelopathy is the term used to describe the loss of spinal cord function. This is most commonly caused by degenerative conditions in the spine, injury or trauma to the spine. Myelopathy is most commonly seen in elderly patients, but can also be seen as a result of severe spinal injury.
What Causes Myelopathy?
Myelopathy is commonly caused by degenerative conditions, such as herniated discs or bone spurs of the spine. These can cause the spinal cord to be impinged or compressed, limiting the spinal cord function and causing severe and debilitating symptoms.
Myelopathy is one of the most severe conditions treated at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute. In most cases, patients suffering from this conditions have already experienced severe and chronic symptoms, including:
- Trouble walking or balancing
- Radiating pain down arms or legs
- Weakness or heaviness in feet or hands
- Inability to sit or stand for long periods of time
- Poor coordination
- Numbness in extremities
- Localized pain
Myelopathy is most commonly seen in two areas, the back and the neck.
Myelopathy in the neck (cervical)
can cause debilitating symptoms into the arms and hands. Patients can experience loss of balance, poor coordination, weakness, numbness and decreased dexterity.
Myelopathy in the back (lumbar)
can cause patients to experience pain in the legs or feet. Symptoms commonly include inability to stand or sit for long periods of time, numbness, weakness, tingling, a feeling of heaviness in the extremities and radiating pain in the legs or feet.
The MISI Approach to treating Myelopathy
At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, we know that choosing a surgical option to treat your myelopathy and chronic associated symptoms is not easy, which is why we are dedicated to educating our patients on the safest most effective treatments available. If you are suffering from myelopathy, our skilled surgeons may be able to help bring you relief through minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Living with myelopathy is debilitating. If you are experiencing the symptoms discussed above, do not wait to find relief, contact us today. Our expert professionals can assist you in scheduling a consult or coordinating a no cost MRI review to see if you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.