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Advances in OrthopedicsVolume 2012 2012, Article ID 919153, 8 pages

Review Article

Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland

Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin 11, Ireland

Received 28 March 2011; Accepted 16 August 2011

Academic Editor: F. Cumhur Öner

Copyright © 2012 J. G. Galbraith et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy and radiculopathy are common disorders which can lead to significant clinical morbidity. Conservative management, such as physical therapy, cervical immobilisation, or anti-inflammatory medications, is the preferred and often only required intervention. Surgical intervention is reserved for those patients who have intractable pain or progressive neurological symptoms. The goals of surgical treatment are decompression of the spinal cord and nerve roots and deformity prevention by maintaining or supplementing spinal stability and alleviating pain. Numerous surgical techniques exist to alleviate symptoms, which are achieved through anterior, posterior, or circumferential approaches. Under most circumstances, one approach will produce optimal results. It is important that the surgical plan is tailored to address each individual-s unique clinical circumstance. The objective of this paper is to analyse the major surgical treatment options for cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy focusing on outcomes and complications.





Author: J. G. Galbraith, J. S. Butler, A. M. Dolan, and J. M. O-Byrne

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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