It’s estimated that 5% of adults develop cervical stenosis, a condition that affects your neck, causing pinched nerves and pain. The doctors at Florida Back Institute have helped many patients overcome the pain of cervical stenosis with an array of nonsurgical treatments, as well as minimally invasive surgeries when needed. If you have questions about neck pain or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call the office in Boca Raton, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows. When this happens in your neck, it’s called cervical stenosis.
The spinal canal is formed by an opening in the center of each vertebra. As they’re stacked on one another, the opening in each bone creates a channel. Your spinal cord travels through the channel where it’s surrounded and protected by bone.
When stenosis develops and the limited space inside the bony spinal canal narrows, the nerves become compressed.
In rare cases, cervical stenosis is caused by a congenital disorder. However, most cases develop due to degenerative changes that gradually occur over the years.
These conditions frequently cause cervical stenosis:
You may also develop cervical stenosis if you suffer a neck injury or a vertebral fracture.
As the spinal canal narrows and compresses the nerves, inflammation and pain develop. It’s also common to feel symptoms along the nerve.
When you have cervical stenosis, you’ll experience one or more of the following symptoms:
In very advanced cases, cervical stenosis can cause problems with bowel and bladder function.
Your doctor at Florida Back Institute may recommend nonsurgical treatments such as medications to relieve the pain, passive and active physical therapy, and spinal injections to block nerve signals.
When nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, it may be time to consider surgery. The doctors at Florida Back Institute are experts in several types of minimally invasive surgeries that effectively treat cervical stenosis, such as
If you have ongoing or worsening neck pain, call Florida Back Institute or book an appointment online.