Many people in their 50s and 60s who live with chronic neck pain actually have a condition known as cervical spinal stenosis. At Northeast Ohio Spine Center in Akron, Ohio, Mark Grubb, MD, offers treatment for cervical spinal stenosis using non-surgical treatments to reduce pain and increase the range of motion in your neck. Dr. Grubb also specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques to address underlying spine damage and provide you with long-term relief. Call Northeast Ohio Spine Center to learn more about treatment options for cervical spinal stenosis, or book an appointment online today.
Spinal stenosis is a condition that describes a narrowing of the spaces within your spine. Cervical spinal stenosis specifically refers to a narrowing in the cervical spine, or neck.
The narrowing of your spine can be the result of spinal injuries or underlying conditions that affect your spine health, such as:
As your spine narrows, it can put pressure on the surrounding nerves or your spinal cord. Persistent pressure on the nerve can lead to permanent damage and a variety of symptoms that affect your mobility and physical health.
Symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis can start out as a mild neck pain that worsens with your movements.
Continued pressure on your nerves or spinal cord can lead to symptoms that affect your neck and can radiate down into your arms and hands like:
Without treatment, chronic nerve compression can result in changes in your bowel and bladder function and disability.
Your treatment plan for cervical spinal stenosis depends on the severity of your symptoms. Your treatment may include:
Initially, you may benefit from pain creams and at-home exercises to relieve tension and pain in your neck. Wearing a neck brace can also stabilize your neck and give your spine time to heal naturally.
If home care isn’t enough to relieve your pain, you may need a referral for chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments can realign the vertebrae in your neck to reduce pressure on your surrounding nerves.
Physical therapy can help you learn stretching techniques and exercises that strengthen the muscles that support your neck to increase your mobility. Physical therapy can also reduce inflammation and limit pressure on your nerves to keep you pain-free.
If you have painful bone spurs or a herniated disc in your cervical spine, Dr. Grubb may recommend surgery to remove it. He uses minimally invasive spine surgery techniques that require only small incisions to access your cervical spine structures. Smaller incisions mean less trauma to your body, so you can heal faster and with less scarring.
If you have symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis, don’t delay an evaluation. You can call Northeast Ohio Spine Center or request an appointment online today to learn more about your options for treatment.