Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Dr. Todd Peters Specializes in Myelopathy Treatment in Newport Beach

Myelopathy is a condition in which the nerve transmission within the spinal cord become interrupted.

There are many casues to myelopathy depending on the location of myelopathy. Some of the most common causes of myelopathy are:

  • Trauma or injury
  • Degeneration of the spinal cord
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Myelitis

The symptoms of myelopathy depend on where on spinal cord is affected and the degree (anterior, posterior or lateral) of the pathology, and typically include:

  • Numbness
  • Arm and shoulder weakness
  • Loss of balance
  • Clumsiness

To diagnose myelopathy, your Newport Beach orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Todd Peters will perform a complete and thorough physical examination as well as a medical history check. He may also request X-Rays, MRIs, and CT scans to better assess your case.

X-Rays – A type of quick imaging process using electromagnectic waves to better show Dr. Peters bones of the body to pinpoint possible sources of pain.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – This type of imaging uses radiology to show Dr. Peters the soft tissues of the body like muscles, disks, nerves, and the spinal cord.

Computerized tomography (CT) – CT scans are X-ray scans taken from various angles to create a cross-section of bones and soft tissues of the body.

Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Peters will make his recommendations. Firstly, he will recommend non-surgical spine treatments such as spinal injections to help manage the pressure.

Dr. Peters may recommend minimally invasive spine surgery depending on the severity of your case.

Dr. Todd Peters specializes in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery to treat Myelopathy. For appointments, please call (949) 383-4182 or Contact Us.