If you are experiencing any severe pain and weakness you believe isn’t part of the normal aging process, then you may be experiencing cervical myelopathy. This medical condition causes significant degeneration in the body over time and can easily keep you from doing what makes you happy. Get in touch with us at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates in Duxbury. Our goal is to help you live your best possible life.
What Is Cervical Myelopathy?
Cervical myelopathy is a spinal cord injury due to severe compression in the neck. This can come from trauma, degenerative disease or other factors. Symptoms include pain, numbness, problems with coordination and weakness in the neck or arms. Early signs include frequently dropping objects and deterioration in your fine motor skills such as handwriting. Later warning signs can include walking imbalance.
What To Expect?
Your treatment will be determined by one of our providers, which typically include pain relief, improved motor function, the prevention of neurological deterioration and the reversal or improvement of neurological deficits. Some treatment methods include:
- Manual therapy techniques
- Cervical traction and manipulation of the thoracic spine
- Balance training
- Aerobic exercises
- Core stability exercises
- Mobility and proprioception exercises
Who Is A Good Candidate For Surgery?
One of our providers will be able to tell you during your initial consultation if you are a good candidate for treating Cervical Myelopathy. In general, a good candidate for surgery is one who:
- is between 21 and 78 years old with mature spinal bones of good quality, preferably between 21 and 50
- has tried at least six weeks of nonsurgical treatment without improvement
- is recommended surgery by a professional through diagnostic imaging such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- has arm pain and neurological symptoms such as tingling, weakness or numbness
- has only a single rather than multiple areas of involvement
- has the feeling of electricity shooting down the back and into the limbs
- has had a shorter duration of symptoms
- has larger areas available for the cord
Schedule Your Initial Consultation
If you feel you could benefit from cervical myelopathy treatment, contact us at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates in Duxbury today to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you live the best life you can!