When you can’t get out of bed without a severe pain in your neck, it’s time to see an expert. If you let it, neck pain can sap all the joy out of your life. Don’t let that happen. Chronic neck pain has a number of causes, one of which is spinal stenosis. Unlike other spinal ailments, cervical stenosis involves damage or degeneration on the inside of spinal canal. You may feel more severe pain or wider ranging symptoms from stenosis as compared to a more common pinched nerve. Let Dr. Branko Skovrlj at NU-Spine in Edison, NJ diagnose and treat you in his new state-of-the-art facility. Call today to get out of neck pain.
Do I Need to Worry about Spinal Stenosis?
The cervical spinal canal runs through your neck in the middle of your spinal column. Composed of vertebral bones, discs, ligaments, muscle and other connective tissue, your spine protects the spinal cord that passes through it from the base of your brain to your sacrum. Your spinal cord is the central part of your central nervous system, allowing you to feel, move, and also control other body functions.
Normally, your spinal canal provides enough room for you to bend and move without hampering your spinal cord. But the cervical spine is the narrowest part of your spine — and the least protected. Cervical spinal stenosis causes neck pain whenever you move. It impacts select nerves or groups of nerves in your neck, leading to nerve problems and pain.
If you suffer from persistent pain or numbness around your cervical spine, visit New Jersey neurosurgeon Dr. Branko Skovrlj. The founder of NU-Spine, The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute, a state-of-the-art spine center in Edison, New Jersey, Dr. Skovrlj is the leading neurosurgeon in the region. He has access to the latest spinal diagnostics and treatment practices, ensuring you get the most effective treatment.
What Is Cervical Stenosis?
Cervical spinal stenosis is a medical condition that narrows in the spinal canal in your neck. When this happens, the canal squeezes and compresses your spinal cord, which can have disastrous consequences. It causes debilitating pain, stiffness, numbness or weakness in your neck and arms. If you have lumbar stenosis, in contrast, you likely feel the effects in your lower back, buttocks and legs.
Cervical stenosis differs from other spinal maladies because the damage is within your spinal canal. Most other cervical spine issues involve damage or degradation outside the spinal column. These conditions normally affect root nerves as they exit the spinal column. For example:
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