Radiculopathy and Myelopathy
Specialists at the OHSU Spine Center treat radiculopathy and myelopathy with a variety of conservative (non-surgical) treatments and perform surgery only when necessary.
What is radiculopathy and myelopathy?
Radiculopathy is the term for one or more pinched nerves or nerve roots along the spine. Pressure where the nerve connects to the spine (nerve root) can cause pain, weakness and other symptoms.
Myelopathy is the term for compression of the spinal cord, rather than the nerve root. Myelopathy can be difficult to detect because it usually develops gradually.
Treatments for radiculopathy and myelopathy
Conservative (non-surgical) treatments are often effective for treating mild or moderate symptoms of radiculopathy or myelopathy. These treatments options include:
Exercise and training
If your myelopathy does not improve after trying non-surgical treatments or if it is severe, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgery is usually not necessary to treat radiculopathy.