Cervical Stenosis Symptoms & Treatment | MedStar Health

Cervical stenosis is a common cause of neck pain, especially in older patients. It is caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck area or upper part of the spine. This narrowing places pressure on the spinal cord. While some patients are born with this narrowing, most cases of cervical stenosis occur in patients over the age of 50 and are the result of aging and wear and tear on the spine.

Many patients with this condition have a history of some kind of injury or trauma to the neck, however, this trauma may have occurred many months or even years before the onset of symptoms. In addition to pain, symptoms may include weakness or numbness in the shoulders, arms, and legs, gait and balance disturbances, and tingling in the arm.

Most cases of cervical stenosis can be successfully treated with nonsurgical techniques such as pain and anti-inflammatory medications. If nonsurgical measures do not work, your doctor may recommend surgery to treat your stenosis. There are a number of surgical techniques that can be used to treat this condition.

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