Cervical Spinal Stenosis

'Spinal stenosis' is an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine. This narrowing causes a restriction to the spinal canal, resulting in a neurological deficit. Symptoms include pain, numbness, paraesthesia, and loss of motor control. The location of the stenosis determines which area of the body is affected. With spinal stenosis, the spinal canal is narrowed at the vertebral canal, which is a foramen between the vertebrae where the spinal cord (in the cervical or thoracic spine) or nerve roots (in the lumbar spine) pass through.
  • Symptoms slowly get worse over time
  • Usually on one side of the body
  • Symptoms get worse with walking or standing
  • Symptoms lessen with leaning forward or sitting
  • Numbness, cramping, weakness in neck, shoulders, arms
  • Pain in the neck and/or arms
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated cervical disc
  • Congential defect
  • Tumor in spine
  • ROM and stretching to neck
  • Postural program
  • Upper extremity strengthening
  • Soft tissue massage



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