Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Cervical spinal stenosis can cause pain in the upper back, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.

Cervical Spinal Stenosis Overview

When the nerve roots or the spinal cord in the upper, neck portion of the spine to become constricted it is known as cervical spinal stenosis. The cervical spine is comprised of a total of seven vertebrae between the head and the chest. Nerves exit the spinal cord thought openings in the sides of the vetebrae call foramina. In the cervical spine nerves control movement and sensation in the upper extremities.

Cervical Spinal Stenosis Causes

In many cases narrowing in the cervical section of the spinal column is the result of an obstruction like a bone spur or a damaged intervertebral disc.
Cervical spinal stenosis can be caused by:

  1. Narrowing in the vetebral foramina – also known as foraminal stenosis. See foraminotomy for more information.
  2. Narrowing in the spinal canal – also known as central stenosis.

Cervical Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

When the narrowing and pressure is great enough on the spinal nerves or spinal cord it can cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain, stiffness, tingling, or numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, or legs.
  • Problems with coordination and/or balance, e.g. such as falling or tripping when walking. Cervical spinal stenosis can be particularly debilitating when the spinal cord is involved.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control (incontinence).

Cervical Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Are you in frequent and extreme pain?
Have you been diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis?
Have conservative treatments failed to provide long-term relief?

Thayer Health can provide you a free referral to a back specialist who can help. Our referral doctors specialize in minimally invasive procedures that can end the pain and help you get your life back to normal.  Our purpose is to ensure you receive great care from top doctors and get relief from cervical spinal stenosis pain with fast recovery times.

We work with orthopedic experts that offer cervical decompression, cervical fusion, laminotomy, foraminotomy, and other surgeries to treat cervical spinal stenosis. We only refer to top doctors specializing in the the latest, minimally invasive techniques that are performed on an outpatient basis. These breakthrough procedures are just as effective as traditional, open surgeries but offer a faster recovery time and less scarring.

Contact us today to receive a free doctor referral and a free review your MRI or CT scan.