Cervical Stenosis Treatment
Cervical stenosis is a spine condition where the spinal canal within the neck becomes too narrow, putting pressure on the nerve roots and spinal cord. While it is more prevalent in people over 60, younger adults–especially those who partake in rough contact sports–can also develop cervical spine stenosis.
There are a variety of nonsurgical therapies that can help alleviate pain. Patients who don’t improve with conservative cervical stenosis treatment may benefit from minimally invasive surgery.
What Causes Cervical Stenosis?
Cervical stenosis is often the result of gradual, degenerative changes in the intervertebral discs. Our disks dehydrate and weaken as we age, making them more prone to collapse. In some cases, people are born with specific anatomy that makes them more susceptible to spinal stenosis. Other causes include spondylolisthesis, bone spurs, or traumatic injury to the spine that compresses the interior structures.
Symptoms of Cervical Stenosis
In mild cases of cervical stenosis, patients may be completely asymptomatic or have symptoms that are manageable without medical intervention. If the nerve roots are severely compressed,
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Weakness or numbness in the arms and hands
- Balance problems
- Tingling sensation in the upper extremities
- Difficulty with fine motor skills
How Is Cervical Spinal Stenosis Diagnosed?
A physical exam is often complemented with X-rays that can reveal structural abnormalities of the cervical spine. Patients may also need a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or CT scan to accurately pinpoint compression of the spinal nerves and verify the diagnosis.
Cervical Spinal Stenosis Surgery & Non-Surgical Treatment
Moderate cases of cervical spinal stenosis are often effectively managed with:
- Analgesic pain relievers
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Activity modification
However, some patients may require a round of steroid injections or oral cortisone medicine. Those with more severe cases and progressive symptoms may need spine surgery.
Cervical Stenosis Surgery
Surgery for cervical stenosis is designed to remove structures compressing the spinal nerve roots. Dr. David Barnett may recommend the following:
• Anterior Cervical Microscopic Decompression – may be indicated when conservative therapies have failed. This surgery is performed with a microscope to achieve nerve decompression.
• Posterior Cervical Laminectomy – a minimally invasive decompression surgery that involves smaller incisions and less trauma to surrounding tissue.
Cervical Stenosis Specialist in DFW
For more than 26 years, patients in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area have relied on Dr. David Barnett for the conservative management of complex spinal conditions and disorders. To learn more about cervical stenosis treatment with a leading Dallas neurosurgeon, please call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnett today.
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