Myelopathy

A compressed nerve causes myelopathy, and it can occur anywhere in the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a nerve “highway” running from the skull to the tailbone, and the compression of the spinal cord results in pain, numbness, or even the loss of control of other body parts. Most people who are afflicted with myelopathy are adults older than age 55 because it’s often related to the wear and tear your body endures over the years.

Symptoms

The following are the most common symptoms of Myelopathy.

Individuals may experience symptoms differently.

  • Neck, arm, leg, or lower back pain
  • Numbness, weakness, or tingling
  • Tightness in the legs’ muscle tone
  • Difficulty walking or placing one foot in front of the other
  • Decreased fine motor skills, balance and coordination (difficulty handwriting)
  • Abnormal or increased reflexes in extremities
  • Incontinence

Treatments

The following are some available treatments of Myelopathy.

Please consult with your Hoag physician for a tailored care plan that
best suits your situation.

  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Physical Therapy – exercises to help relieve spinal cord pressure; bracing
  • Pain Management
  • Surgery