Signs and Symptoms cervical spondylotic myelopathyThe slow compression of the spine brought on by spondylosis generates the onset of numerous symptoms. Seniors should have a general understanding of these symptoms and be able to recognize them if they present.
- Numbness in the fingers and toes
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Instability symptoms
- General neck pain
- Discomfort at the base of the neck
- Referred pain in different areas of the body like the legs
- Herniated discs
- Disc degeneration
- Disc inflammation
IdentificationCervical spondylotic myelopathy is triggered by a traumatic event or an underlying condition.
- The first and most common is trauma.
- Slip and fall accidents can cause damage to the cervical spine that takes longer to heal.
- The stress further compresses the vertebrae because of the body’s need to support itself.
- Trauma tends to affect muscles and ligaments. This weakens the overall support of the spine.
- Arthritis is another catalyst for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
- This autoimmune condition can affect the facet joints, causing instability that leads to compression.