What is a Cervical Canal Stenosis ?
Cervical spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal and/or the spinal nerve root passages in your neck. When this narrowing occurs, your spinal cord and/or nerves may become compressed and cause symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in your neck, shoulders, and extremities.
- A rheumatologist to treat arthritis and related disorders.
- A neurologist to treat nerve disorders.
- An orthopaedic surgeon to operate on bones.
Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis
- Neck pain
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arm, leg, hand, or foot
- Balance problems
- Trouble using fingers and hands for tasks
- Leg spasms
- Loss of bladder or bowel control, in severe cases
What are the risks of surgery for spinal stenosis?
- Nerve injury.
- Tear in the membrane that covers the nerve or spinal cord.
- Failure of the bone to heal after surgery.
- Failure of the metal plates, screws and other fasteners.
- Need for additional surgery.
- No relief of symptoms/return of symptoms.