Cervical Spondylitic Myelopathy - Spinal Cord Compression
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- Am I at Risk
Am I at Risk
There are several factors which may contribute to cervical spondylitic myelopathy including:
_____ Increasing age is associated with an increased risk for cervical spondylitic myelopathy. It most frequently occurs in people over the age of 50, but may occur at any age.
_____ Osteophytes or bone spurs increase the risk of cervical spondylitic myelopathy.
_____ Arthritis in the neck can cause the facet joints to enlarge, which increases the risk of cervical spondylitic myelopathy.
_____ Thickened ligaments in the spinal canal, particularly the ligamentum flavum, can narrow the spinal canal and may lead to cervical spondylitic myelopathy.
_____ Dislocated or subluxed vertebrae, bones that have moved out of position, increase the risk of cervical spondylitic myelopathy.
_____ People that are born with a small spinal canal have an increased risk of cervical spondylitic myelopathy.
_____ “Wear and tear” or trauma increases the risk of cervical spondylitic myelopathy.
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