Related to the compression and narrowing of the spinal canal, cervical myelopathy typically progresses with age and is related to wear and tear that occurs naturally over time. Because the spinal cord is responsible for carrying nerve impulses to various regions of the body, the disease has a broad range of symptoms, including numbness and weakness in the arms and hands and compromised coordination and balance.
The progressive nature of cervical myelopathy means that surgical intervention is often recommended to prevent worsening of the spinal compression. As a large number of patients see their symptoms improve significantly following surgery, it is considered as a treatment option for nearly all patients with the disease.
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