Symptoms of cervical myelopathy are dependent on the level of damage and compression to the spinal cord. You should talk with a specialist about cervical myelopathy if you are experiencing the following:
• Numbness, clumsiness, or weakness of the hands
• Stiffness in the legs
• Loss of balance
• Neck pain
In many cases, the natural effects of aging can cause herniated discs. When we get older, we lose some of the fluid in the spinal discs — this gives the discs less “bounce,” and leads to weakening of the discs.
Any condition which adds pressure to the spine can cause a herniated disc to form, including obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and repetitive motion.