What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

Q:
What are the symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis?

A:
Many people older than age 50 have some narrowing of the spinal canal but do not have symptoms. Cervical spinal stenosis does not cause symptoms unless the spinal cord or nerves becomes squeezed. Symptoms usually develop gradually over a long period of time and may include:

  • Balance and coordination problems, such as shuffling or tripping while walking. Cervical spinal stenosis can be crippling if the spinal cord is damaged.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control (incontinence).
  • Stiffness, pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, or legs.

You’d better consult with your doctor immmediately if you develop the symptoms below.

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