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Cervical Stenosis

Cervical stenosis is a condition in which the bones that make up the cervical spine tighten around the spinal cord, narrowing the cushioning space between them and putting too much pressure on the spinal cord. It can be caused by:

  • The natural wear and tear of aging
  • Narrowing since birth
  • Arthritis


Cervical stenosis causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Pain in the back, neck, legs, or bottom
  • Weakness, tingling or numbness in the shoulders, arm, and legs


Treatment for cervical stenosis generally depends on the severity of the neck pain. If non-surgical treatments, including anti-inflammatory or pain medications, steroid injections, or physical therapy, do not relieve the pain, surgery may be an option. The orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute are extensively trained in the most advanced and innovative surgical procedures to treat cervical stenosis.

  • Laminectomy, or decompression, removes the bones or ligaments that press on the nerves or spinal cord.
  • Cervical fusion - unites vertebrae together to help stabilize the spine.

Learn more about treatment for cervical stenosis.

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