What causes cervical myelopathy?
Cervical myelopathy is the result of injury to or compression of the spinal cord in the neck. There can be many causes of cervical myelopathy which include:
- Congenital narrowing
- Herniated disc
- Traumatic injury
Symptoms of cervical myelopathy neck pain, numbness or tingling in the arm, hands or legs. In addition, people often notice difficulty with balance, coordination, clumsiness or difficulty holding objects.
How is cervical myelopathy diagnosed?
Dr. Remi Ajiboye takes your current, past, and family medical histories into consideration for the diagnostic process. Then, he performs a physical exam to assess your musculature, reflexes, and related function.
After the physical portion of the exam, Dr. Ajiboye may recommend further testing to confirm his suspected diagnosis. He may order X-rays, MRI or CT scans to detect structural problems.
What treatments are available for cervical myelopathy?
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may begin typical conservative treatment for your symptoms such as physical therapy, over-the-counter pain relievers, hot/cold therapy, and rest. If your symptoms persists or become progressive, Dr. Remi Ajiboye may recommend surgery. He uses the least invasive options whenever possible to decompress narrowing around the spinal cord.
To discuss your treatment options for cervical myelopathy, call or click to make an appointment with Dr. Remi Ajiboye if you live in Torrance, El Segundo, South Bay or the greater Los Angeles area.