Myelopathy is a condition where the spinal cord becomes narrow or compressed. Often myelopathy is caused by degenerative changes such as stenosis, herniated disc or spinal injury.
In rare cases myelopathy can be caused by tumours.
Symptoms of myelopathy may include:
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Weakness in arms or legs
- Bowel or bladder problems
To diagnose myelopathy your consultant will perform a full examination. They may order an MRI scan and other tests as appropriate for your condition.
Treatment may include medication. In some cases your consultant may recommend spinal decompression surgery to relieve your symptoms.