The cervical spine contains seven vertebrae and eight corresponding nerve roots. The spinal cord is enclosed by vertebral bodies and intervertebral disks anteriorly and posteriorly by joints and lamina. It is a type of myelopathy, that involves compression of the spinal cord in a cervical region (neck).
Typical signs include neck pain (with decreased range of motion), weakness, tingling or numbness in the arms and legs, poor coordination, and gait abnormalities.
Many individuals experience neck pain, however not all neck pain can be traced back to to it. Some individuals with this condition do not have any kind of neck discomfort. The reason for your neck discomfort could be related to your muscles, as opposed to being neurological in origin.
One of the most common causes of myelopathy is spondylotic myelopathy. The term “spondylotic” refers to gradual deterioration that happens as you age. Therefore, cervical spondylotic myelopathy is much more common in individuals 50 and older.
The steady degeneration of the spinal column frequently takes the form of cervical spine stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck. Some individuals are born with a narrow spinal canal (congenital spinal stenosis) and may experience myelopathy at an earlier age.
A neurological examination, along with MRI, are the most important steps in making this diagnosis.
Surgery is strongly recommended for a patient with clinical and radiographic evidence of this condition.
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