What is Myelopathy?
Myelopathy refers to the condition in which the patient suffers from a gradual loss of nerve function due to disorders of spine.
It can be due to a functional disturbance or pathological change in the spinal cord. This disorder is caused by damage or injury to the spinal cord. An injury to the spine can cause either paralysis or reduce sensation.
Causes of Myelopathy
The most common cause of myelopathy is spinal stenosis, which is a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal.
Spinal stenosis makes the space available for the spinal cord within the spinal canal much smaller. The bone spurs begin to press on the spinal cord and the nerve roots, and the pressure may start to interfere with the normal function of spinal nerves.
Myelopathy can also be caused by degenerative disc disease. Patients with degenerative disc disease may experience varied degrees of loss in sensation and movement.