Symptoms of a Myelopathy
Symptoms of myelopathy include neck pain, problems with balance, numbness
in the hands and fingertips, and difficulty with fine movements like
buttoning a shirt. Patients can also display exaggerated reflexes.
Conditions which can result in myelopathy are multiple sclerosis,
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and spinal cord disorder. However,
cervical spondylotic myelopathy is the most common cause of spinal
cord dysfunction in the elderly.
The diagnosis of CSM is usually confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging
which shows narrowing of the spinal canal.