A bunch of information provided on Cervical Myelopathy including a video from Physiotutors who always do a great job, a research article on pathophysiology, and one more video for more background information. Watch out for those patients that have neck pain complaining of leg weakness and stiffness. Quick review of common complaints

  • Heavy feeling in the legs
  • Inability to walk at a brisk pace
  • Deterioration in fine motor skills (such as handwriting or buttoning a shirt)
  • Intermittent shooting pains into the arms and legs (like an electrical shock), especially when bending their head forward (known as Lermitte’s phenomenon)
  • Arm pain


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Research article and background here: Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Pathophysiology, Clinical Presentation, and Treatment

Age-related changes in the spinal column result in a degenerative cascade known as spondylosis. Genetic, environmental, and occupational influences may play a role. These spondylotic changes may result in direct compressive and ischemic dysfunction of the spinal cord known as cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). Both static and dynamic factors contribute to the pathogenesis. CSM may present as subclinical stenosis or may follow a more pernicious and progressive course. Most reports of the natural history of CSM involve periods of quiescent disease with intermittent episodes of neurologic decline. If conservative treatment is chosen for mild CSM, close clinical and radiographic follow-up should be undertaken in addition to precautions for trauma-related neurologic sequelae. Operative treatment remains the standard of care for moderate to severe CSM and is most effective in preventing the progression of disease. Anterior surgery is often beneficial in patients with stenotic disease limited to a few segments or in cases in which correction of a kyphotic deformity is desired. Posterior procedures allow decompression of multiple segments simultaneously provided that adequate posterior drift of the cord is attainable from areas of anterior compression. Distinct risks exist with both anterior and posterior surgery and should be considered in clinical decision-making.

Keywords: cervical spine, spondylosis, myelopathy, natural history, operative treatment




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