Lumbar Myelopathy & Cervical Myelopathy

This refers to a condition where the spinal cord in the lumbar spine is being compressed or damaged. However, the spinal cord usually ends at L1-L2, so if you have been diagnosed with lumbar myelopathy at L4 for instance, it’s probably an inaccurate diagnosis.

 
 

Myelopathies can be caused by disease of the nervous system. However, it is far more common that we see lumbar myelopathy as a consequence of disc herniations, hypertrophic facets, and perhaps bone spurs leading to spinal stenosis.

 

Symptoms are frequently related to muscle weakness in the legs, difficulty walking, and poor coordination. This condition can happen in the neck as well and is called cervical myelopathy. The neurological issues associated with cervical myelopathy are typically worse than lumbar, but both need to be taken very seriously.

 

Depending on the cause and the progression of weakness, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression may be an option for you to avoid surgery. But if it is too far advanced neurologically or the compression is strictly from a bone spur, then your only option may be surgery to reduce the compression on the spinal cord.