About Myelopathy

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is Myelopathy?

Myelopathy is a condition in which the spinal cord becomes compressed, often as a result of the spinal canal becoming narrower. If left untreated, this concern could eventually damage the spinal nerves and cause significant debilitation and pain. Myelopathy can occur at any level of the spine, but it most commonly affects the neck (cervical spine).

Common Causes:

  • Aging
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Herniated disc

In most severe cases:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Tumors
  • Trauma

Our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Spine Team Specialists have extensive training in spine and pain management, and they can help you relieve pain and restore function with the latest techniques.
Symptoms you should look for:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Unexpected reflexes
  • Spine pain
  • Numbness or weakness in the extremities
  • Stiffness

In severe cases:

  • Incontinence
  • Trouble balancing
  • Trouble gripping
  • Frequent falling
  • Problems with coordination

When you arrive for your initial consultation, one of our experienced and Board-Certified Spine Specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing myelopathy, OPA Spine Specialists do the following:

  • Obtain a complete medical history
  • Perform a physical examination
  • Order and analyze X-ray and MRI

Common Treatments:

At Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA), our Board Certified Spine Specialists receive extensive training specifically in the musculoskeletal system, including the bones and soft tissues of the spine. Our skilled specialists can diagnose, treat, and help prevent common and complex concerns of the entire spine. The Spine Team can address your condition with our selection of physicians who focus on issues concerning spine and pain management.

In some incidences of myelopathy can be successfully treated with one or more non-surgical techniques:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decreases inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

One of OPA’s onsite physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.


An injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.


In some cases, this condition will require a surgical approach. At OPA, we utilize state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques that can reduce downtime and improve your outcome.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Spine Specialists, Dr. Mark Flanum, Dr. James Eule, and Dr. Curtis Mina are experts in treating myelopathy.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.

Anchorage: (907)562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Spine Team

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Dr. James Eule

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Mark Flanum

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Dr. Curtis Mina

Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Sean Taylor, MD

Pain Management

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