What Is Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

Q:
What is cervical spinal stenosis?

A:
Cervical spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck.

The spinal canal is the open area in the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column. The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that runs through the spinal canal from the base of the brain to the lower back. These nerves allow us to feel, to move, and to control the bowel and bladder and other body functions.

In cervical spinal stenosis, the spinal canal narrows and can squeeze and compress the nerve roots where they leave the spinal cord , or it may compress or damage the spinal cord itself. Squeezing the nerves and cord in the cervical spine can change how the spinal cord functions and cause pain, stiffness, numbness, or weakness in the neck, arms, and legs. It can also affect your control of your bowels and bladder.

If you are concerned about a cervical spinal stenosis, call your health care provider for advice and reassurance.

Keyword: cervical spinal stenosis; cervical spinal stenosis myelopathy

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