Depending on the type of nerve compression or the severity of your condition, you might experience incontinence or paralysis.
How Do You Test for Cervical Myelopathy?
If you have any signs of cervical myelopathy, make an appointment at OrthoNeuro. Our spine experts offer state-of-the-art testing to identify the root cause of your symptoms.
Your spine specialist will review your symptoms and medical history as well as perform a physical exam.
They may also order additional testing, such as X-rays, CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and myelography — a particular type of CT scan that uses a dye to help identify and evaluate your nerve roots.
What Are the Treatments for Cervical Myelopathy?
Our spine specialists provide personalized treatment plans for cervical myelopathy, including surgical and nonsurgical options.
Your physician may recommend:
You may benefit from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or oral corticosteroids.
Your doctor may also suggest an epidural steroid injection (ESI) to reduce swelling in your spine.
Physical therapy can address musculoskeletal irregularities that can contribute to your condition.
Your treatment may include exercises, stretches, heat, and massage to restore the strength and flexibility of your neck.
Soft Cervical Collar
A soft cervical collar helps keep your neck still and reduces strain on your vertebrae, muscles, and connective tissue.
In addition, allowing your neck to rest may relieve some of the swelling that can contribute to myelopathy.
When noninvasive treatments aren’t effective, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to relieve the spinal compression in your neck.