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Understanding Cervical Stenosis
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

As people age their body starts showing deteriorative and degenerative transformation. And the body does not work as effectively as it did when we were young. And the spinal cord is no different and it starts showing a decline in its efficiency as well. As we age the spine goes through wear and tear and the joints become tightened in the spinal canal. This thinning of the spinal canal restricts movement. The synchronization of the limbs becomes an issue.

What Is Cervical Stenosis?

This part of the spine at the section near the neck it is called the cervical spine. Narrowing of the spinal canal around this region is specifically called Cervical Stenosis, where the word Stenosis implies narrowing.

Cervical Stenosis causes the blood flow and the flow of the nutrition and oxygen to be impeded. This, in return, adversely affects the nerves and the cell around this region to be in danger of being damaged.

Cervical Stenosis is a condition that, when untreated gets worse as the time progresses, and is often a problem that is experienced by elderly people. Cervical Stenosis is a common condition as the range of motion of the head and the heavy head that is supported by the neck makes the bone very vulnerable to wear and tear.

The Symptoms of Cervical Stenosis

The common symptoms of this disease are often nerve related as the compressed spinal cord interferes with the proper nerve function. Here are some of the common symptoms of cervical Stenosis:
  • Pain in the arm, the patient may also feel weakness or numbness in the arm. Doing simple tasks like picking a small object may become a little uncomfortable.
  • Pulsing or sudden irregular pain in the arm or the leg most commonly accompanied during bending to pick something from the front.
  • Motor skills start to deteriorate and it becomes challenging to do basic tasks like buttoning the shirt.
  • Legs feel numb and heavy.
Patients often visit the doctor when they start feeling discomfort or pain in the arm.

How the Doctor Diagnoses Cervical Stenosis?

After hearing the patient’s symptoms that match Cervical Stenosis the doctor may conduct further tests, before finally diagnosing cervical Stenosis. The most common methods of diagnosis, the doctors may use are MRI scans and CT scans, the doctor might need either one of them or the result of booth the scans to determine whether there is thinning of the spinal canal. The doctors might sometimes also conduct x-rays to check for any other abnormality that is causing the instability.

How Is Cervical Stenosis Treated?

Surgery is currently the only most effective treatment for cervical Stenosis. The surgery may not always improve the symptoms but it is performed to stop the condition from deteriorating further.

The expert neurosurgeons at Advanced Neurosurgery Inc are well trained and well equipped. The qualified and experienced doctor will suggest a holistic approach to not only stop the condition from getting worse but helping the patient restore their health back and feel relieved.

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