Thoracic Myelopathy

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Nerves & Soft Tissue (Muscle).

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Thoracic Myelopathy Treatment

Thoracic myelopathy is a type of myelopathy that occurs in the mid-region of the spine. The condition generally results from spinal compression, which can be an aftermath of trauma, degenerative disease, congenital stenosis, or herniated discs.

This is a rare spinal disorder that can lead to neurological deficits or nerve dysfunction along the spine. Thus, acting on the symptoms and undergoing thoracic myelopathy treatment becomes crucial.

Spine experts at IndoSpine understand the challenges faced by people suffering from thoracic myelopathy. Thus, we focus on drafting appropriate thoracic myelopathy treatment plans after evaluating the exact cause and condition of the patient.

Signs and symptoms of thoracic myelopathy include:

  • Difficulty with coordination
  • Pain in the neck, arm, leg or lower back
  • Tingling, numbness or weakness
  • Trouble keeping your balance
  • Trouble walking
  • Trouble with fine motor skills, such as holding a pen to write or using a zipper
  • Urinary or stool incontinence

The possible causes of thoracic myelopathy include:

  • Bone spur
  • Cyst or hematoma in the spine
  • Degenerative spine conditions, such as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the bones of the spine that compresses the spinal nerves)
  • Herniated disc
  • Rheumatoid arthritis in the spine
  • Spinal injury or infection
  • Spinal tumor, including bone cancer

On-time and appropriate diagnosis is crucial for treating thoracic myelopathy. Thus, our spine experts may prescribe or recommend that you undergo one or more tests. They are:

X-ray. Your specialist may order an X-ray to rule out any other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Your doctor may order an MRI to obtain a detailed image of your spine and spinal cord.

Electrical tests. Your specialist may order an electrical test – such as an electromyogram or somatosensory evoked potentials – to check how well your nerves are working.

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following thoracic myelopathy treatments:

Medication. Your specialist may recommend medications to help relieve pain associated with your thoracic myelopathy.

Physical therapy. You may work with a physical therapist to help you how to more easily complete daily tasks. As part of this, you may need to wear a brace.

Spinal decompression surgery: While performing thoracic myelopathy treatment, the spine surgeon treats the root cause (like a herniated disc or bone spur) resulting in your condition.

Laminoplasty. In this treatment for more advanced types of thoracic myelopathy, your specialist widens the space through which your spinal cord passes. This helps to relieve pain and other symptoms.

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