What is Cervical (Neck) Spinal Stenosis?
Cervical Spinal Stenosis is a cause of neck pain affecting mostly middle aged or elderly. The narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck may directly or indirectly produce symptoms. When there is increased pressure on the nerves, nerve will be inflammed and causing neck pain.
Causes of Cervical Spinal Stenosis
– Degenerative Arthritis
– Degenerative Disc Disease
– Presence of bone spur
Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis
– Neck pain
– Weakness, numbness, tingling, pins and needles down to shoulders, arms, hands
– Problems with balance
– Loss of bowel and bladder control in severe cases
Physiotherapy Treatment for Cervical Spinal Stenosis
At Physioclinic, our Physiotherapist will perform assessment and physical examination to determine the potential cause of the neck problem, and will develop a management plan for your neck pain.
Physical therapy treatment plan for Cervical Spinal Stenosis may include:
– Manual techniques, including mobilizations, manipulations and soft tissue muscle release massages
– Pain Relief Treatments such as Ultrasound, Heat therapy, Electrical Stimulation to decrease neck pain and tightness
– Stretching and strengthening back exercises, to improve joint and muscle flexibility, neck stability and strengthening
– Postural strengthening and general conditioning
– Education in proper body mechanics and ergonomics at work, school and home with activities of daily living.