Comprehensive Myelopathy Spinal Cord Surgery in India. Myelopathy describes any neurologic deficit related to the spinal cord. It can be cervical, thoracic or lumbar, the most common of which is cervical spondylotic myelopathy and is caused by arthritic changes the cervical spine. If your symptoms are mild, you may find relief with non-surgical treatments. These include pain medication, activity modification or physical therapy. Any treatment program should be under the guidance of a medical professional because with myelopathy the spinal cord is being overly compressed.