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Can You Treat Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

Up to 11% of Americans have spinal stenosis, a condition that develops when the spinal column gets narrower, pinching the spinal cord and putting stress on nerve roots. Spinal stenosis can appear anywhere along the spine, but when it’s in your neck, it’s called cervical spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is most common in people over the age of 50 because it’s linked to degenerative spinal conditions like osteoarthritis, herniated discs, and bone spurs. Symptoms vary depending on the severity of your condition, but they often include pain, tingling, and numbness.

Cervical spinal stenosis is common and the symptoms can be debilitating, but the good news is that it’s treatable. George Kakoulides, MD, and our team specialize in helping patients find an effective treatment for their cervical spinal stenosis, and we can help you, too.

Conservative treatments for cervical spinal stenosis

Mild to moderate cervical spinal stenosis can be managed with a range of conservative, nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Kakoulides and our team assess your condition with a thorough examination and diagnostic imaging, then develop a treatment plan that fits your needs.

Many people find relief with treatments like anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, and physical therapy. A blend of these treatments can minimize inflammation while maintaining or improving your range of motion.

Throughout your treatment, Dr. Kakoulides and our team monitor your condition closely. Be sure to bring up any questions or problems you have during your appointments, because we may be able to adjust your treatment plan and make it more effective for you.

Alternative therapies for cervical spinal stenosis

Dr. Kakoulides and our team are willing to explore alternative therapies for our patients. Depending on your condition, we may recommend a therapy such as acupuncture or chiropractic to complement your cervical spinal stenosis treatment plan.

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that strives to balance energy flows within the body. Some patients find that acupuncture therapy can relieve pain and other symptoms related to cervical spinal stenosis.

Chiropractic care can be beneficial for spinal stenosis because it focuses on realigning spinal discs. Chiropractic manipulation helps take the pressure off nerves in your spinal column, to relieve symptoms of stenosis.

Surgery for cervical spinal stenosis

Conservative, nonsurgical treatments can be very effective in minimizing or even eliminating symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis. But in some cases, spinal stenosis may get progressively worse despite treatment.

Dr. Kakoulides may recommend surgery for cervical spinal stenosis if you aren’t seeing adequate relief from conservative treatments, or you have severe pain or weakness and numbness in your arms.

Minimally invasive spinal decompression is a common, effective surgical option for severe cervical spinal stenosis. During the procedure, Dr. Kakoulides creates space in your spinal column and removes any damaged tissue, bone spurs, or damaged discs.

You don’t have to settle for a life with neck pain and other bothersome symptoms. Find out if your pain is caused by cervical spinal stenosis and get a treatment plan that’s right for you. Call the office nearest you or request a consultation online to get started.

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