Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition where the upper spinal column becomes narrow, constricting the spinal cord or nerve roots. Sufferers of this condition can have a variety of symptoms depending on whether the spinal cord or the nerves are affected. Usually cervical spinal stenosis is caused by degenerative issues, although some people can be born with a narrow cervical spinal column. At Atlanta Spine, we provide effective treatments to relieve the symptoms of spinal stenosis to give you back the freedom of a pain-free, active life.
Symptoms and Causes of Spinal Stenosis
Wear and tear on the spinal vertebrae over time is the most common cause of cervical spinal stenosis. As vertebrae become damaged over the years or bone spurs appear, the spinal column in the neck region can narrow. This can cause a restriction on either the spinal cord or the spinal nerves. When the spinal cord is affected, the symptoms are usually in the lower extremities, with pain, numbness, weakness and tingling, even causing difficulty walking. When the nerves are constricted, the symptoms are generally in the upper region, with neck pain that can radiate through the arms. It may also cause headaches and balance issues.
Treatment of cervical spinal stenosis usually begins with non-surgical options such as stretching exercises and physical therapy to relieve pressure. Medications and injection therapy may also be recommended. In more severe cases, spinal stenosis may require surgery; however, there are minimally invasive options available at Atlanta Spine that have quicker recovery times and excellent results for treatment.
If you have been diagnosed or are concerned you have cervical spinal stenosis, contact us today at Atlanta Spine. We offer a variety of treatment options for cervical spinal stenosis that can get you back on the road to recovery.