Myelomalacia is a somewhat rare condition that results in a softening of the spinal cord. Not many people are even aware of this condition, but it is extremely serious and can even be deadly. Knowing the signs and symptoms of myelomalacia can help in the course of early treatment. This patient education article is all about Myelomalacia – its causes, symptoms, and pain relief options.
What is Myelomalacia?
Myelomalacia occurs when hemorrhaging happens within the spine, or when something halts the flow of blood to the spinal cord – which results in a “softening” of the spinal cord itself. Typically, this is caused by an acute injury – a car accident for example – but it can also happen due to degeneration of the spine over time.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of myelomalacia:
- Pain along the spine
- Paralysis or any loss of feeling in the legs or arms
- Functional loss in any body part
Myelomalacia is a very serious condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible to avoid permanent nerve-related damage. If you notice any of these symptoms, see a medical professional right away to get a full diagnosis.
Treatment Options for Myelomalacia
An MRI scan will likely be necessary to fully and accurately diagnose the condition. Once obtained, your doctor can walk you through your options for treatment. If the condition has put any spinal nerves in danger, a minimally invasive surgical procedure may be necessary. If not, other non-surgical options like injections can be explored.
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