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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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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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Please explain the significance of my recent MRI findings on my cervical spine. I have a history of spinal stenosis in the lower back. I recently had an MRI on my cervical spine showing significant to severe foraminal and thecal sac narrowing at multiple

About 20% of people: With lumbar spinal stenosis will have coexisting cervical spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of a bony canal structure such as the central spine canal or the exiting nerve holes known as neuroforamen which when severe enough by imaging studies will be deemed spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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Can RIGHT cervical nerve root compression cause symptoms on the LEFT side, such as left shoulder/arm pain? I have severe foraminal stenosis.in c6/7.

Can RIGHT cervical nerve root compression cause symptoms on the LEFT side, such as left shoulder/arm pain?  I have severe foraminal stenosis.in c6/7.

Yes,happens alot: MRI & imaging attempt to give the best information in 2 dimensions as relates to the 3 dimensions of your body.It can be difficult for MRI readings to capture a correlation w/all of the symptoms you are experiencing.Presuming that you don't have a primary shoulder issue,the left sided symptoms are probably caused by the stenosis.Epidural injections can act as a diagnostic tool.Talk to your MD also ...Read more

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An MRI report shows no central cervical spinal canal stenosis but does show a right sided foraminal narrowing. Any impingement on the spinal cord?

An MRI report shows no central cervical spinal canal stenosis but does show a right sided foraminal narrowing. Any impingement on the spinal cord?

Puzzled: If there were impingement on the spinal cord, the report would say so. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MR center & make an impulse purchase. The MRI was ordered by a Dr who took a history & did physical. It's Dr's responsibility to review test results with you or if he can't, to find someone who can. You have a right to an explanation in terms you understand. ...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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