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Cervical Stenosis

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.

Symptoms

  • Neck or arm pain
  • Numbness and weakness in both hands
  • An unsteady gait when walking
  • Muscle spasms in the legs
  • Loss of coordination

Treatment

Conservative treatments for mild cervical stenosis include medication, bed rest, reduced physical activity, and physical therapy. Severe stenosis often requires evaluation by a neurosurgeon.

Surgical treatment could include:

  • Spinal Fusion
  • Anterior cervical discectomy
  • Anterior cervical corpectomy
  • Posterior cervical laminectomy