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Cervical myelopathy

Spinal cord damage in the neck

HCA UK’s team of experts can diagnose and treat you if you have cervical myelopathy.

About

Cervical myelopathy is damage to the spinal cord in the neck. The most common cause and form of cervical myelopathy is compression of the spinal cord, which interferes with the transmission of nerves. The most common reason for such a compression is spondylosis or arthritis of the spine.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of cervical myelopathy icon plus

    Symptoms will depend on how the spinal cord is affected, but may include:
    • numbness, or clumsiness, in the hands
    • weakness in the hands or arms
    • loss of balance
    • neck pain
    • a need to urinate more frequently or urgently
    • stiffness in the legs
    • headaches
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your medical history and general health with you and ask about your symptoms before carrying out a thorough physical examination of your neck, shoulders, arms, hands and legs.

    Tests may include:
    • CT scan
    • X-ray
    • lumbar puncture to assess irregularities in spinal fluid
    • MRI scan to view the spinal cord, nerve roots and vertebrae
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    If you don't have severe cervical myelopathy, treatment will be non-surgical aiming to decrease your pain and improve your ability to do daily activities. These may include:
    • soft cervical collar – a padded ring to allow your neck muscles to relax
    • exercises – to help relieve pain, strengthen neck muscles and increase flexibility
    • medication – to reduce inflammation and relieve pain

    If non-surgical treatment does not relieve your symptoms, your consultant may recommend surgery. The recommended procedure depends on a number of factors including your general health and the nature of your condition. Your consultant will discuss the options with you.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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