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Myelopathy is a condition that refers to compression of the spinal cord and the resulting damage of the spinal nerves. This can interrupt the nerve transmissions and impair their function. It frequently occurs in the cervical (neck) region and becomes more common as we age.

There are numerous causes for myelopathy including trauma, autoimmune or inflammatory disorders, tumors and degenerative diseases such as herniated disks and spondylosis. Anything that can result in spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, can bring about myelopathy.


Myelopathy is spinal cord dysfunction related to abnormal pressure placed on the spinal cord. Unlike conditions that cause pressure on individual nerve roots, this type of damage can result in loss of nerve function anywhere along the spinal cord below the damaged area. The effects of myelopathy can range from mild to severe, and can worsen over time.


The most effective treatment for myelopathy is conventionally minimal invasive surgery to decompress the spinal canal, prevent further progression of the myelopathy and provide some relief from the symptoms. There are several procedures that are used to treat myelopathy, depending upon its location, the alignment of the spine, and other considerations.  Meeting with one of our spinal specialists will help determine the best course of action to take in order to get you back on track to living pain free.