Category Medical Research

Can we detect myelopathy before symptoms develop?

By J.Hamilton. Why is ASCC relevant to Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy?Asymptomatic spinal cord compression (ASCC) is very common; studies of healthy volunteers has identified between 8 and 59 in every 100 patients who underwent a cervical MRI had it! [1]  These are the same compression features seen in DCM, however less that 1 in a hundred patients from these studies had any symptoms of myelopathy….   Hence the term ASCC (as opposed to DCM, which is defined by the symptom [...]

Under pressure: compressed arteries in DCM

by Max Stewart Freddie Mercury immortalising the Queen song 'Under Pressure' One of the most perplexing things about DCM is the role of spinal cord compression in the disease. It easy to think that the picture is a simple one: as the spine degenerates (joints wearing out, ligaments hardening and bones shifting position) the spinal cord gradually becomes compressed. This compression damages the spinal cord, kills off nerves cells a [...]

Neck Muscles and CSM– An Update Part 2 of 2

By Timothy BoergerReviewed by B.Davies​Neck Muscles and CSM– An Update Part 2 of 2​This second of a 2-part mini-series on the properties of muscles in the neck and how they impact outcomes of surgery. We previously looked at this following an early piece of research from North America.  This series will serve as an update on this research.Why was this study conducted?For a short recap of the previous 2 blogs related to this: how much fat there is within muscles has b [...]

Heart Break for Myelopathy

Risk of acute coronary syndrome in patients with cervical spondylosis ​J.Hamilton What were the aims of the study? Various studies in the past have described cervical spondylosis (CS), the degenerative changes in the cervical bones and ligaments contributing to degenerative cervical myelopathy, as associated with increased sympathetic nervous tone[1][2].The sympathetic nervous system plays a role in controlling blood [...]