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Severe cervical foraminal stenosis. Are there any effective treatments?

Severe cervical foraminal stenosis. Are there any effective treatments?

May require surgery: Severe cervical atenosis oftenresults in pain, numbness, even weakness and muscle strophy. Seek an orthopedic, or sometimes neurosurgical consultation regarding function, possible non-surgical treatment and surgical options. ...Read more

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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


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Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?

Can chiropractic neck "cracking" adjustment reduce dizziness caused by cervical foraminal stenosis?

Not recommended: Neck cracking done as "head thrusts" is considered potentially unsafe and should be avoided. The academy of neurology has come out against this procedure due to high risks of artery dissection and fatal stroke which can occur. I have seen 3 cases of these consequences while in training. I advise all my patients to reconsider doing such maneuvers. Risks vs. Benefits ratio unacceptably high. ...Read more

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Orthopedist question: dizziness from cervical foraminal stenosis narrowing is typical of a problem with which vertebrae number(s)?

Not Usually Cervical: Cervical foraminal stenosis can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. It doesn't typically cause dizziness. Cervical stenosis can cause unsteadiness but not typically dizziness or vertigo. ...Read more

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What is cervical spondylitic myelomalacia / foraminal stenosis and what if any treatment/for it?

What is cervical spondylitic myelomalacia / foraminal stenosis and what if any treatment/for it?

Definitions of: Myelomalacia or "bad spinal cord" is abnormal tissue structural change of the cord negatively affecting its function brought on in this case by advanced degeneration of the bones, discs , joints and ligaments leading to a narrowing of the spinal canal compressing the spinal cord and creating these cord changes. Surgery is the only help. Foraminal stenosis is narrowing of the nerve root exit holes. ...Read more

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How will epidural injections help severe stenosis and foraminal natroeing and herniated cervical discs. Is it safe to get 3 that's what my doc wants ?

How will epidural injections help severe stenosis and foraminal natroeing and herniated cervical discs.  Is it safe to get 3 that's what my doc wants ?

Epidural Steroids: Epidural steroid injections are commonly used in the spine to treat nerve irritation and inflammation. They are considered a standard part of conservative neck and back pain management. For the cervical spine, it's critical that and MRI is performed before so that the available space for the spinal cord can be evaluated. If it's too narrow, epidural steroid injections may be contraindicated. ...Read more

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High grade osseous neural foraminal stenosis with cervical spondylosis mean?

High grade osseous neural foraminal stenosis with cervical spondylosis mean?

Pinched nerve: Cervical spondylosis is arthritis in the neck. Foraminal stenosis means narrowing of the space where the nerves exit the spinal canal, in this case caused by bone spurs from arthritis. After they leave the neck these nerves form the three major nerves of the arm, controlling feeling and movement. Stenosis can cause pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the arm or hand. High grade = severe. ...Read more

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Should severe multilevel neural foraminal narrowing of the cervical spine and stenosis be concern for paralysis?

Should severe multilevel neural foraminal narrowing of the cervical spine and stenosis be concern for paralysis?

Usually not quick: Unless neck is injured, the quick paralysis does not occur but a gradually progressive paralysis does occur which a neurologist or astute clinician can detect. It can be fixed by surgery and further progression will stop. ...Read more

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How risky are cervical epidural injections for some one with ddd severe canal stenosis and foraminal stenosis and 2 herniated discs c3/c4 and c7T1?

Just as risky: just as risky, is for someone without these findings. Risk do not increase, based on severity of the disease for which you are doing the epidural. Which in your case, is spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Please explain.Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?

Please explain.Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex  formation, uncovertebral?

Cervical narrowing: Age appropriate changes of a settling cervical spine causing bone spurs and crowding of nerves in neck may cause arm pain and numbess in fingers small and ring with or without neck pain. ...Read more

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2010 had cervical mri: moderate to severe foraminal narrowing right side c4-5. In 2013, mri: slight narrowing, no bony spinal stenosis. What to do now?

2010 had cervical mri: moderate to severe foraminal narrowing right side c4-5. In 2013, mri: slight narrowing, no bony spinal stenosis. What to do now?

Depends if symptoms: If you are not having any problems then you do nothing. There is not great correlation between signs and symptoms of and results of spine mris. This means many people with relatively minor findings on MRI can have lots of symptoms like pain, and many people with significant findings on mris have very few symptoms. If you are having problems you need to discuss the results with the ordering doc. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more


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