OPA treats a wide variety of back conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions.

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

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, The OPA Spine Team:

    • 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.


An injection of steroid and anesthetic medications.

Oral medications decrease nerve inflammation and pain.
Physical Therapy

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


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

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