Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a neck condition that arises when the spinal cord becomes compressed or squeezed, usually due to degenerative changes that occur in the neck over time. These degenerative changes like arthritis, bone spurs, and disc protrusions cause narrowing of the channel where the spinal cord passes and eventually compression. Because the spinal cord carries nerve signals to and from numerous regions in the body, symptoms can be of a wide variety. Weakness, numbness, or clumsiness of the hands, loss of balance and coordination, and neck pain can all result when the normal flow of nerve impulses through the spinal cord is interrupted.
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