Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. This may involve:
Treating the cause of the myelopathy
Improving functions that you have lost
Reducing or managing pain
Doing strengthening exercises
Teaching you ways to reduce injuries
Helping you learn ways to cope with the condition
If there is structural pressure on the spinal cord, you may need surgery right away. This is to attempt to avoid lasting injury. There are many different kinds of surgery and procedures to stabilize the neck, such as:
Diskectomy—a surgical procedure to remove part of an intervertebral disc that is putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root
Laminectomy—a surgical procedure to remove a portion of a vertebra, called the lamina
Fusion of the vertebrae
Screws and a plate prevent the vertebrae from putting pressure on the spinal cord.
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