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Spine pain: Know about thoracic disorders with myelopathy


Disorder of the nervous system that affects the spinal cord.

Between the years 1988-2002, surgical intervention for patients with thoracic myelopathy has a reported incidence of 0.9 per 100,000 inhabitants of Japan [4].

Myelopathy can be:
- Lumbar myelopathy is a nervous system disorder that affects the spinal cord in the lower (lumbar) spine.
- Thoracic myelopathy is a nervous system disorder that affects the spinal cord in the middle (thoracic) spine.
Causes include spinal narrowing, spinal trauma, and spinal infections.
Autoimmune, oncological, neurological and congenital disorders can alsp result in myelopathy.
Myelopathy is a gradual degenerative process affecting older adults.


- Loss of function, loss of sensation, and pain or discomfort in the area at or below the compression point.
- Neck, arms, lower back or leg pain
- Numbness, weakness or tingling sensation
- Difficulty at performing fine motor skills like writing or buttoning a shirt
- Increased reflexes in extremities like tips of fingers and toes
- Difficulty in walking
- Loss of urinary or bowel control
- Issues with balance and coordination


Always work in the right posture and exercise every day. If your family has a history of spine problems, pay special care to yourself

Mild myelopathy can be treated by bracing, physical therapy and medication. Compression of spinal cord can only be treated through decompression surgery.

Orthopedic doctors and surgeons can treat the condition. mfine connects you with expert physicians to aid in your treatment.

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