Cervical stenosis refers to when the spinal cord or spinal nerves in the neck are compressed. If there is spinal cord dysfunction with this type of spinal stenosis, symptoms can include pain, weakness and numbness in the shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet, trouble with coordination and balance. Cervical spinal stenosis can often be managed with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory or analgesic medications, and activity modification. Patients with severe pain from cervical spinal stenosis may be recommended for surgery to help relieve pressure on the spinal cord.
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