A common cause of neck pain, especially in older patients, is cervical stenosis or stenosis in the neck. Stenosis in the neck can be very painful and can affect you ability to do everyday activities. This pain is caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck and upper part of the spine putting pressure on the spinal cord. Most of the time it can be caused by degenerative changes in the spine, like a bulging disc or herniated disc. Most cervical stenosis in patients over the age of 50 years old is a result of aging and wear and tear of the spine. There are also many cases of cervical stenosis where the patient has a history of injury to the neck. The injury could happen months or years before you even see stenosis symptoms.
Cervical spinal stenosis symptoms may include:
- Neck pain
- Weakness and spasticity in the legs.
- Pain, weakness, or numbness in the shoulders, arms, and legs.
- Reflexes increased in legs.
- Loss of strength in legs.
- Hand clumsiness.
- Walking and balance issues.
- Loss of “position sense”.
- Burning and tingling sensations in the neck, arms, or legs.
- In severe cases, bladder and bowel issues.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms it is important to go in and see a doctor right away. To determine the specific cause of cervical stenosis it is necessary to have an MRI or CT scan. At the Illinois Back Institute we are able to treat spinal stenosis without drugs and without surgery. Through our therapy, Functional Disc Rehydration we are able to strengthen and stabilize the neck as well as stopping your pain. The pressure on the spinal cord usually will not go away and will worsen with time so it is important to start treatment right away. Call 888-959-6822 TODAY and set up a FREE Consultation!