Cervical spondylotic myelopathy

Cervical Spondylotic myelopathy is the impaired function of the spinal cord caused by degenerative changes of the discs and facet joints in the cervical spine.

What are the Causes of cervical spondylotic myelopathy?

–          Neck pain or injury

–          Inflammatory diseases

–          Cervical disk degeneration

–          Congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae

What are the Sign and Symptoms for Cervical Spondylotic myelopathy?

–          Numbness

–          Tingling sensation

–          Difficulty walking

–          Stiffness of the neck

–          Neck pain

–          Having problem with coordination

–          Gait difficulties

–          Motor weakness in both upper and lower extremities

Physiotherapy treatments for Cervical Spondylotic myelopathy

Physiotherapy is able to help reduce the pain, spinal cord and nerve root inflammation with the following treatments.

–          Pain relief modalities: Depending on condition,  therapeutic Ultrasound may be used for deep heat transfer thus able to improve soft tissue haling and heat therapy to provide heat for the tissues in the cervical region, Electrotherapy may be used to reduce nerve pain

–          Improve of the posture

–          Exercise: Strengthening and stretching exercises for the neck and upper back neck muscles.

–          Manual therapy such as massage, soft tissue release, joint mobilization to further relief pain in the neck. Joint mobilization aims to increase the range of motion of the neck by applying gentle pressure within or at the limits of normal motion.

–          Mechanical Traction will be used to widen the foraminal openings and promotes immobilization of the cervical region.