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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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What sort of disease is cervical spine stenosis?

What sort of disease is cervical spine stenosis?

Narrowing: Stenosis is a condition where the tube inside the spine, the canal, is narrowed and potentially pinching on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves. It can cause pain, weakness or numbness. It can be a problem from birth (congenital) or due to aging, injury or disease.

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What are the symptoms for cervical spine stenosis?

Nerve pain: Stenosis refers to crowding and/or impingement of the nerves or spinal cord - therefore the most common symptoms would be nerve type symptoms in the arms, such as numbness, tingling, weakness, pain. Having said that, it's very uncommon for an 18 year old to have cervical stenosis.

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How serious is cervical spine stenosis and how is it treated?

How serious is cervical spine stenosis and how is it treated?

Varies from not at: This varies from not at all to very serious. Treatment ranges from none to use of medication, exercise and sometimes epidural steroid injections to surgery. The only serious condition is when the stenosis leads to compression of the spinal cord leading to a condition known as a myleopathy.

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Do lots of people get cervical spine stenosis, or is it unusual?

Both: There is a genetic component to cervical stenosis but most often it is the result of repetitive injury and arthritic/degenerative changes as we get older.

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What is the definition or description of: cervical spine stenosis?

What is the definition or description of: cervical spine stenosis?

Cervical stenosis: This is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the cervical spine (your neck). This can have serious nervous sytems effects at or below the area that is narrowed.

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Is there an aftermath of cervical spine stenosis?

Yes: If it is left untreated you can be left with permanent injury to the nerves and or spinal cord. Once treated you are at risk for development of adjacent level degeneration either above and/or below the level of any fusion.

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Do people with cervical spine stenosis have a lot of pain?

Do people with cervical spine stenosis have a lot of pain?

Usually not: Cervical stenosis can cause pressure on the spinal cord which can cause weakness in the arms and or legs. People often complain of fine hand movements like buttoning and dropping cups/glasses.

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My fiance has cervical spine stenosis and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

My fiance has cervical spine stenosis and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

It depends: To what degree that spinal stenosis effecting his cervical spine, what the cause of the cervical spine stenosis. Could be mild or sever if mild and his work office job, I think he will fine to work, but if is not and works in labor that a problem. Good luck. Thank you.

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Is there any connection between cervical spine stenosis and vertigo/ dizziness in an otherwise healthy person?

Is there any connection between cervical spine stenosis and vertigo/ dizziness in an otherwise healthy person?

Doubtful: Dizziness and vertigo would usually be caused by structures outside the neck such as the brain or inner ear. Cervical stenosis can certainly cause pain and neurological complaints like numbness or weakness of the arms or legs. Many times we never find the causes of vertigo or dizziness. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck

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I hav cervical spine stenosis, and yesterday went to Dr and he said my right leg is getting weak but that is dominant side of body, worried help?

I hav cervical spine stenosis, and yesterday went to Dr and he said my right leg is getting weak but that is dominant side of body, worried help?

See neurosurgeon: If the spinal cord is being compressed, and causing leg weakness, surgery may be needed to avoid permanent paralysis. Consultation with a neurosurgeon is strongly recommended.

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Would a surgeon recommend Moderate-Severe Cervical Spine Stenosis @ (c5-7) and kyphosis (c6) that is not symptomatic or slightly symptomatic?

Need second opinion: Not sure what you mean? Is he recommending surgery for this with no symptoms? Maybe he sees something of danger that could happen like an aneurysm ready to blow, [not there just example] so if so get another neurosurgeons opinion before going forth. Never smoke, that kills you and ability to heal

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Could myoclonic jerks be from cervical spine stenosis. Before I fall asleep sometimes I have this jerk and I bite my tongue. Happens like once a month?

Sleep disorder: Classically myoclonic jerks are a type of rare seizure disorder, these are rare in adults. And its true that a lot of seizures happen upon waking or going to sleep. You may have a sleep disorder that explains this better. It would be wise to have a sleep study to be sure and there are treatment for these as well.

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4yrs ago mri=moderate cervical spine stenosis with complex bone spurs. If worse now, could it cause balance problems and walking difficulties? 46 y/old

4yrs ago mri=moderate cervical spine stenosis with complex bone spurs. If worse now, could it cause balance problems and walking difficulties? 46 y/old

Cervical stenosis: Cervical spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck can cause imbalance and dizziness. Difficulty walking and unrinary retention can occur when there is compression of the spinal cord. It is important to obtain an updated MRI of the neck to determine if the stenosis or narrowing has progressed over the past four years.

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What is the treatment for cervical spine stenosis?

It depends: How sever it is, it range from conservative treatment to surgical decompression.

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What are cervical spine stenosis treatments? What are treatment options for cervical spine stenosis?

Depends: Some with stenosis have no symtoms, so no treatment is needed. If there are symptoms or signs of myelopathy (hand/arm numbness, tingling, clumbsiness, loss of dexterity, balance problems) a spine surgeon can enlarge the space for the spinal cord. The technique would depend on the shape of your neck, the number of narrow places, surgeon preference (among other things).

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I have cervical spine stenosis. I have received conflictingn opinions fromd re surgery. I have tingling in& some neck pain but my arm s& fingers are f?

I have cervical spine stenosis. I have received conflictingn opinions fromd re surgery. I have tingling in& some neck pain but my arm s& fingers are f?

Surgery Indications: Typically surgery is indicated when there is moderate to severe spinal stenosis either degenerative in origin or due to a herniated disk. Pain is an indication for surgery, but if you're arms are not involved then surgery may be put on hold. Often worsening sensory changes or muscle weakness in the extremities is a definite indication that surgery may be needed.

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
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Cervical Spine Stenosis (Definition)

This is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the cervical spine (your neck). This can have serious nervous sytems effects at or below the ...Read more