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Types of Pain and Problems

Syringomyelia

Syringomyelia is an abnormal cavity within the spinal cord. This cavity is usually filled with fluid. Unfortunately, this cavity causes the spine to not be straight and can sometimes be misdiagnosed as scoliosis. Often, patients are seen with a curvature of the spine to the right or left in the mid-back area. This can be diagnosed with a thorough physical examination and confirmed with an MRI study. Symptoms may include headache, pain to limbs and lower back, decreased muscle mass, decreased function to arms and legs, difficulty with certain sensations like temperature and painful stimuli, and generalized weakness to arms and legs. Typically, surgical intervention is necessary to restore proper alignment and relieve pressure caused by that cavity. In addition to surgery, physical therapy is needed to improve the muscle strength.