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The symptoms and treatment of myelopathy of the cervical spine

Myelopathy of the cervical symptoms is so varied that it is hard to combine them in a group. Here can be just a pain in the neck and upper back. There may be problems with pressure. Can be atherosclerosis. Myelopathy is treatable, although in some cases, it will be quite a long process.

the Problem myelopathy

About the disease, myelopathy

The fact that myelopathy, as such, is not a separate disease. It is rather a term that is used to assess the condition of the patient as well as the term "headache". It's more a symptom than a disease. It is clear that his head still hurts, but the causes and disease which can cause headache, many. Same here: cervical myelopathy – issue 7 of the upper cervical vertebrae, which may refuse to work almost any organ, but at the initial stage, expressed in the pain in the neck (sometimes between the shoulder blades).

However, to separate this into a disease that requires a single symptoms and causes of disease. In this case, common causes are not observed, although in General there may be many. There are a variety of diseases can result in myelopathy of the cervical spine.

Thus, having heard from the doctor this diagnosis, we should not think that this is some very "scary" disease. It is simply ascertaining of the condition, not the diagnosis. The diagnosis is made after examination and ascertain the causes of the condition called myelopathy.

Myelopathy of the cervical spine and the types of deformation

Types of myelopathy

Considering the pathology, it is worth noting that myelopathy is always caused by some disease. Therefore, the term is used in combination with the disease caused her. For example, the term "diabetic myelopathy" means that the pathology caused by diabetes. And the term "ischemic myelopathy" due to ischemia. The difference in disease that caused pathology, and also determines the difference in the methods of treatment.

However, there are no such unambiguous terms. For example, compressive myelopathy is absolutely no indication the disease that gave rise to the myelopathy, but simply determines that the pathology has arisen as a result of deformation of the cervical vertebrae or intervertebral discs. And this has led to the disruption of the normal blood supply of the spinal cord and the violation of its functioning.

Actually, the terminology in this case is so complicated that even the doctors have no clear principle on which it is formed. But we should give credit to the doctors that developed the main thing: a common opinion about the immediate causes that cause this condition are:

  • spinal disc herniation or displacement of the intervertebral discs
  • displacement of vertebras;
  • tumors in the spinal cord (rare, but happens);
  • secondary adhesions.

visit to the doctor in myelopathy

The Reasons for these processes can be mechanical injury, and infectious or inflammatory processes. Cervical myelopathy is a symptom indicating one of the above problems. And this problem was the result of a disease. So it's complicated.

symptoms of cervical myelopathy

One Could use the term "symptoms", but the term is applied to certain diseases. And in this case, myelopathy itself is a "symptom" and "symptom symptom of" sounds like "oil oil".

Describing the main features of cervical myelopathy, it should be noted that "prove" this problem can anywhere. It can be any part of the body (neck, lower back, internal organs), as herself myelopathy of the cervical spine is characterized by problems in the upper part of the spine (not the President, but the machinery of government, when compared with the state structure of the country).


In some cases, the myelopathy may be associated with paresis of the hands and feet (there are no spelling errors, this is not about "the cuts" as injuries of the skin, but the condition of the muscles). The term "paresis" and the term "palsy" related. Just "paresis" is applied to the muscles, the tone of which can be evaluated "by hand", feeling. For example, the biceps in his arms. And the term "palsy" refers to muscle tone which will be difficult to measure manually. For example, the muscles that move the lens of the eye.

Therefore, if the myelopathy of the cervical spine is characterized by pain directly in the neck is, in a sense, lucky. In the sense that it hurts in the same place where the hearth of the problem.

Worse, when it hurts in a different place and only on the qualifications of the doctor depends on whether he will be able to associate the pain and problems of the cervical vertebrae.

whatever the causes of myelopathy, it is important that now, in addition to treatment of the disease itself, which caused the myelopathy should be treated and the spine. Degenerative processes that occurred in the spine is not so easy to stop. But if you do not take measures tothe suspension of the process (or at least the aggravation), you can get a whole heap of diseases, which greatly complicate the lives of up to disability or death.

Treatment of myelopathy

Treatment of myelopathy depends on what disease was caused myelopathy. Treated in one and the same method problems of the spine resulting from trauma, tumor or infection is not possible.

General rules for the treatment of myelopathy involve the use of anesthetics and tools (techniques) for the correction of the spine. But if you do not identify the cause of myelopathy, it is a way to "heal". This is how to pump out water on a sinking ship. If you do not plug the hole, sooner or later, "the sea will win."

But the treatment of the spine, the process ends. During the "problematic" functioning of the spine, quite possibly, have suffered harm other organs. Therefore, after the restoration of the spine should undergo another course of General rehabilitation of the body (massages, therapeutic gymnastics, physiotherapy, etc.).

If this symptom appeared as a result of injury to the treatment will be a operation. If timely treatment in our time is guaranteed for almost 100% recovery. But when infection treatment may be delayed. So in this case, you should have patience. The course of treatment also has a high percentage of effectiveness, but use of antibiotics then "out of norm" work of the digestive system. Require mandatory rehabilitation course.