Cervical Myelopathy

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What is Cervical Myelopathy?

A condition arising from the compression of the spine in the neck, symptoms of cervical myelopathy tend to appear slowly and most noticeably in the hands, and can include deterioration of fine motor skills, loss of balance and pain radiating from the neck and into the arms and hands.

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy is a form of cervical myelopathy occurring from degenerative changes to the spine after a life time of wear and tear. Degenerative changes include disc herniations and bone spurs, which compress the spinal nerve.

Read what our patients are saying:

“What a journey since I woke up early one morning with a feeling of ice water dripping on my left shoulder, neck and face. The left side of my mouth and face were numb. I thought I was having a stroke.

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Dr. Cantor and his staff are very caring people so when I called, they must have heard the nervousness and worry in my voice, because Dr. Cantor got on the phone right away and assured me he knew what the problem was and wanted me in the office as soon as I could get there. By the way, I live in North Carolina, and by the time I got my tickets to fly down the next morning his staff had made an appointment for me to get a CT. The following day I was in Dr. Cantor’s office with scans in hand.
Dr. Cantor is a passionate surgeon; passionate about his own method of performing this delicate surgery and warm to his patients.
The scans showed that I had a narrowing of the cervical spinal cord canal plus bone spurs were badly scraping and pinching nerves on the left side. “Yep, let’s get this fixed!” Dr. Cantor said. I appreciate how Dr. Cantor, his PA, and other staff members stood together with me to evaluate the scans and share their thoughts and experiences.
I no longer feel that icy, numb feeling on my face, neck and shoulder. All of that subsided quickly after my cervical laminoplasty surgery.

I was eager to get back to my hobbies of vintage watch repair and silver-smithing as well as working on vintage motorcycles and a ’65 Mustang (I was worried if I could bear long periods of working over a bench.) With a strong desire, slowly but surely I’m back now 100%, in just eight months, and doing the things I love.

Many thanks to Dr. Cantor and all my friends at the Cantor Spine Institute for my care and recovery.”

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Lynn O.