Cervical stenosis is narrowing
of the spinal canal, which compresses the spinal cord. It is caused when the
discs in the spine dry out as a result of aging. This may cause the space
between the vertebrae to shrink. When this happens, discs between the vertebrae
no longer work as well in their role as shock absorbers.
Cervical Stenosis Symptoms
- Neck or arm pain
- Numbness and weakness in both hands
- An unsteady gait when walking
- Muscle spasms in the legs
- Loss of coordination
Cervical Stenosis Treatment and Surgery
Conservative treatments for mild cervical stenosis include
medication, bed rest, reduced physical activity, and physical therapy. Severe
stenosis often requires evaluation by an expert neurosurgeon, who may suggest surgery for relief of the symptoms listed above.
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