Spinal cord compression occurs at a point when pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, which can cause pain, weakness, and numbness. The treatment for spinal cord compression depends on the underlying cause of the condition. Conservative treatments, such as rest, physical therapy, and pain medications, may be recommended for those with mild symptoms. Surgery may become necessary to relieve pressure on the spinal cord if severe or progressive compression occurs.
Surgery, will as a necessity, relieve pressure on the spinal cord if severe or progressive compression occurs.
Surgical treatment for spinal cord compression may involve decompression surgery, which involves removing the bone or tissue that is pressing on the spinal cord, or fusion surgery, which involves fusing two or more vertebrae together to stabilize the spine. In some cases, radiation therapy can shrink tumors or other growths that might cause the compression. It is important to consult with a doctor to determine the best course of treatment for the patients specific condition and to discuss the potential risks and benefits of each treatment option. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve outcomes and prevent further neurological damage.