For people over 50, the risk for pain and weakness related to myelopathy increases. At Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group, the exceptionally skilled spine surgeons offer comprehensive care for myelopathy. The team is highly skilled in surgical techniques to relieve pressure on your spinal cord that interferes with your mobility. If you have chronic pain or weakness in your back, arms, or legs, schedule a consultation at the office in Fresno, California by calling or booking online today.
Myelopathy is a spinal cord injury that develops due to severe compression on your spine. The compression causes damage to your spinal cord, the group of nerves that travel from your skull to your tailbone.
This compression can result from:
You may also have myelopathy if you were born with or develop a narrower-than-normal spine, a condition known as spinal stenosis.
Symptoms of myelopathy depend on where the compression and injury occur in your spinal cord.
Your cervical spine is your upper neck, which can develop degenerative changes that compress the spinal cord. Cervical myelopathy can cause weakness, numbness, or tingling sensations in your hands, arms, and legs.
The thoracic area is the center part of your spine. Often, herniated discs, direct trauma, or bone spurs are the cause of compression in the mid-spine. Thoracic myelopathy causes numbness and weakness in your legs that can make walking difficult and cause you to lose your balance and coordination.
Your lumbar, or lower spine, can compress your spinal cord due to trauma or degenerative changes. Lumbar myelopathy can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in your lower back that radiates down into your legs and feet.
Treating myelopathy generally requires surgery when conservative treatments, like medications and physical therapy, can’t help.
The team at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group offers decompression surgery to address the root cause of the compression on your spinal cord. Through small incisions, they are able to remove bone spurs or damaged discs that press on the nerve and cause your symptoms.
Surgery is also available if you have chronic pain or other myelopathy symptoms that relate to spinal stenosis. When your spine is narrow and presses on the spinal cord, your surgeon uses specialized surgical techniques to remove a portion of the bone to create more space for the nerves.
If you have chronic pain, weakness, or numbness from myelopathy, schedule a consultation at Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group by phone or by using the online booking feature.