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  • Myelopathy refers to any neurologic symptoms related to the spinal cord as a result of conditions like spinal stenosis, a disc herniation, and bone spurs. When myelopathy occurs because of accident or trauma, it is referred to as a spinal cord injury. Myelopathy is the term used to describe the condition when it is the result of a disease process.

  • Symptoms of myelopathy can affect your balance, fine motor skills like dexterity and grip, and bowel and bladder function. Pain, weakness, or sensory changes can occur in the arms or legs if nerve roots are impinged and radiculopathy develops. You should consult a doctor if you notice changes in coordination, sudden muscle weakness, or inability to control your body in ways you used to be able to, particularly hand-eye coordination.

  • Any injury or condition that affects the spinal cord can cause myelopathy. This can include a disc herniation, spinal stenosis, or bone spurs.

  • If left untreated, myelopathy can lead to significant and permanent nerve damage. Surgery is recommended in most cases of myelopathy. While all surgical plans have a goal of relieving pressure on the spinal cord, the specific surgery is dependent on the condition affecting the spinal cord in the first place.