The condition cervical compression myelopathy can be caused by a number of problems, including arthritis in the neck or injuries. Treatment for the compression depends on the severity and the urgency.
If the problem is limited to pain, the treatment may include medications for pain and/or physiotherapy. If there are other symptoms, another option is traction. Finally, surgery may be called for if the symptoms are becoming or have become severe and other treatments don't work.
Akinobu Suzuki, MD, PhD, et al. Recovery Process Following Cervical Laminoplasty in Patients with Cervical Compression Myelopathy. In Spine. Dec 15, 2009. Vol. 34, No. 26. Pp. 2874 to 2879.
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