Cervical Stenosis Treatment
The spinal column within the cervical spine contains space for the spinal cord and peripheral nerve roots. When this column narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, the condition is called cervical stenosis. The interference with nerves and damage to the spinal cord can cause pain and other symptoms. Our spine specialists at DOCS Health offer cervical stenosis treatment at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.
Causes and Symptoms of Stenosis
There are often several factors that contribute to the narrowing of the spinal space in the cervical spine and cause cervical stenosis. The size and shape of the vertebrae bones can reduce the spinal column space. Other factors that can narrow the spinal space include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ligament thickening and ossification. Symptoms of cervical stenosis can include those of myelopathy and neuropathy, such as:
- Neck pain
- Radiating pain into shoulder, arm and hand
- Shocking sensation up the back of the head
- Numbness, weakness and tingling radiating through arm
To relieve symptoms, pressure on nerves or the spinal cord must be lessened. Treatments can include conservative options to relieve inflammation. NSAIDs, ice packs and steroid injections may relieve inflammation and pressure on nerve roots. For more severe cases, surgery may be required to remove excess bone or ligaments that are compressing the spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck. Possible spine surgeries to treat cervical stenosis include anterior cervical fusion and posterior laminectomy.
If you suffer from symptoms of cervical stenosis, contact our spine specialists at DOCS Health. We can schedule a consultation with one of our board certified neurospine surgeons at our medical center in Los Angeles. We offer advanced and minimally-invasive options for cervical stenosis treatment that can reduce your pain and improve your symptoms.