Sometimes due to the natural aging process, the spinal cord can become compressed or squeezed, resulting in spinal cord compression or, clinically speaking, spondylotic myelopathy. More rarely, a traumatic injury or disease like rheumatoid arthritis may contribute.
Symptoms for this condition vary widely, but patients may experience:
- Tingling or numbness in the arms, hands or fingers
- Weakness or lack of grip strength in the arms, hands or fingers
- Lack of balance or coordination
- Pain or neck stiffness
- Difficulty with fine motor skills such as handwriting or plugging something into an electrical outlet
Initial treatment for this condition is often non-surgical. This may involve:
- Physical therapy
- Bracing or collaring
- Medications such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen) or corticosteroids
- Spine injections
Over time, most patients with the condition are known to benefit from surgery. However, this depends on your age, pain tolerance, the therapeutic value of conservative treatment and other factors. We always discuss the risks and benefits of any treatment plan, whether surgery is recommended or not.
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