Myelopathy is spinal cord dysfunction related to abnormal pressure placed on the spinal cord. Given the spinal cord is the main nerve pathway between your brain and your body, pressure on it can cause problems throughout the body. Unlike conditions that cause pressure on individual nerve roots, this type of damage can result in loss of nerve function anywhere along the spinal cord below the damaged area. The effects of myelopathy can range from mild to severe and can worsen over time.
Symptoms of myelopathy include a wide range such as pain, numbness, weakness or tingling. These symptoms could range from the neck, shoulders, arms or hands to legs and feet. Myelopathy can cause problems with walking and with balance as well as bladder and bowels.
Treatment options depend on the symptoms and could include medications, injections and physical therapy.