Management of Cervical Myelopathy

Volume 4 | Issue 1 | Jan – June 2019 | Page 16-21 | Naresh Babu J

Authors : Naresh Babu J [1]

[1] Dept of Spine Surgery, Mallika Spine Centre, Hyderabad, India

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Naresh Babu
Department of Spine Surgery, Mallika Spine Centre, 12-12-30 Old Club Road, Kothapet, Guntur & B-58, Journalist Colony, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033, India.


Conservative management has limited role in established cases of cervical myelopathy. However intervention during early stages of the disease when there are minimal symptoms is still controversial. Conservative management in CSM has poor prognostic factors such as presence of myelopathy for more than 6 months, compression ratio of more than 0.4 (dividing sagittal diameter by transverse diameter) indicating severe compression of spinal cord and transverse area of cord less than 40mm2. Conservative treatment is aimed to prevent further neurological deterioration. As observed in the natural history studies, regression of myelopathy is highly unlikely. Surgical intervention is often pursued during the course of CSM depending on the progression of the condition. The degree of neurological recovery depends on pre-operative duration of symptoms. This review provides an overview of cervical myelopathy and focusses on the management and decision making aspect.
Keywords: cervical myelopathy, surgical management, natural history

How to Cite this Article: Babu N. Management of Cervical Myelopathy. International Journal of Spine Jan-June 2019;4(1):19-21 .

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