Can Cervical Spinal Stenosis Be Cured?
Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition found mostly in adults ages 50 and older. This condition is when the spinal canal in the neck begins to narrow which causes pain and other issues to arise. Cervical spinal stenosis is most caused by arthritis but could be caused by herniated discs, injuries, tumors, and Paget’s disease (a condition in which bones grow abnormally large and brittle).
How Dangerous is Cervical Spinal Stenosis?
Cervical spinal stenosis can squeeze and compress the nerve roots as the spinal canal narrows or compress or damage the spinal cord. The nerves that are squeezed can change how your spinal cord functions and cause numbness, weakness, stiffness, or pain to occur in the neck, arms, and legs. This compression of the nerves could also affect your bladder, bowels, and other bodily functions.
Because cervical spinal stenosis compresses your nerves, you may have trouble with gait and balance, grip strength, and dexterity. It is also recommended that those with cervical spinal stenosis do not partake in high impact exercises such as jogging and contact sports.
Is Cervical Spinal Stenosis Progressive?
Over time, cervical spinal stenosis can worsen and do even more damage to the body if it is left untreated. However, cervical spinal stenosis does not always get worse over time or cause progressive symptoms. There are many people who have mild stenosis who do not have symptoms that are bothersome enough for them to seek treatment, but even though symptoms may not be bothersome it does not mean treatment should not be considered. Anything can happen be it an accident or injury that can cause the condition to worsen suddenly if it is left unhandled.
In addition, the body itself can be undergoing changes you are unaware of because of this condition. If cervical spinal stenosis affects your nerves, especially since the cervical area is where the brain stem is located, it can lead to distortion within the brain to body communication. When this happens, the body is at a below-average performance when it comes to fighting off infections, diseases, and healing or repairing itself.
Can Cervical Spinal Stenosis Cause Death?
If cervical spinal stenosis is left untreated, it can cause significant and permanent nerve damage; this includes paralysis and death.
What Type of Surgery Is Done for Cervical Spinal Stenosis?
For those who have severe cervical spinal stenosis, surgery becomes an option they may consider. Individuals who have severe cervical spinal stenosis may struggle to walk or have trouble with their bladder and bowel.
Laminectomy and laminoplasty procedures are used to create space between the bones to decrease inflammation. Laminectomy is the most common type of surgery for spinal stenosis while other options include the following:
- Laminectomy - This procedure involves removing the back part of the affected vertebra, called the lamina. Laminectomy is sometimes called “decompression surgery” as it reduces the pressure put on the nerves by creating space around them.
- Foraminotomy - This is performed to lower the pressure by enlarging the passageway where a spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal.
- Laminoplasty - This removes only a portion of the lamina usually by carving a hole just big enough to relieve pressure.
- Laminotomy - This is only performed on the cervical spine – the vertebrae in the neck. In this procedure, space is opened within the spinal canal by creating a hinge on the lamina. The gap is bridged by metal hardware.
- Interspinous Process Spacer - This is a minimally invasive implant. The spacer is put between two interspinous processes in the lower spine to increase the height between them.
- Microendoscopic Decompression - This procedure is minimally invasive, requiring a small incision to remove the pressure placed on the spinal cord and/or the nerve roots located in the spinal column.
Does Cervical Spinal Stenosis Require Surgery?
This depends on the severity of the case. Before surgery is considered, it is best to try more natural options as surgery is irreversible and bring about permanent, unnatural changes to your body. All surgery carries some type of risk such as infection, bleeding, and risks from anesthesia. When it comes to cervical spinal stenosis, the surgery involved comes with a risk of damaging the nerves, tearing tissue, chronic pain, and trouble passing urine.
Does Cervical Spinal Stenosis Get Better?
Over time, cervical spinal stenosis typically gets worse. The rate at which it gets worse and how severe it can become all depends on the person’s body and if they seek proper treatment. Upper cervical treatments can help cervical spinal stenosis by stunting its progress and has the ability to help your body heal and repair itself from the damage it may have caused – naturally.
An upper cervical treatment is unlike general chiropractic. An upper cervical chiropractor makes a gentle, extremely precise adjustment to the upper cervical area of your spine (your neck area). The top two bones of your spine that are located in this area protect your brain stem and when the spine is not aligned properly, it can cause your vertebrae to press up against your brain stem causing you discomfort and complications with bodily functions.
An upper cervical adjustment releases the pressure placed on your brain stem to give back proper brain to body communication. With proper brain to body communication, the body can begin to heal and repair itself as normal and help mend your spine to better health. After an upper cervical adjustment, it is very common for discomfort and symptoms to go away over time without the involvement of medication or surgery.
Can Cervical Spinal Stenosis Go Away?
The severity of cervical spinal stenosis differs from patient to patient, as well as how much their body can heal and repair itself after an upper cervical treatment. Patients have seen improvement in their condition as early as their first adjustment. This is because of the brain stem’s power of your brain to body communication being restored!
When the communication is disrupted, the body can begin to attack healthy cells as the signals can become misinterpreted. Patients with an upper cervical misalignment have also reported a significant decrease or elimination of their discomfort and pain due to signals being sent through the body indicating pain when there is nothing causing the pain. In addition, signals can end up not being sent at all, allowing foreign substances to freely roam inside of your body to cause further damage. This can do a lot of damage to different parts of your body, including your spine.
Upper cervical treatments are vital to keeping a healthy brain stem and brain to body communication. If you have an upper cervical misalignment, it could be rather difficult for the body to get better from cervical spinal stenosis if the communication still does not allow you to heal, repair, and continue to damage itself. This misalignment can increase the severity of your cervical spinal stenosis as well as speed up the process in getting worse.
Patients have reported improvement to their cervical spinal stenosis with upper cervical alignments, an all-natural treatment without the symptoms and additional complications that could arise from medication and surgery. If you are battling against cervical spinal stenosis, allow upper cervical to help your body become stronger while eliminating as much damage as it can with a possibility of stopping or reversing its progress before committing to more extreme options with side effects.
Patients who have already had medication or surgery have also seen great improvement in their cervical spinal stenosis after upper cervical treatments due to their body tackling the cause of their condition rather than the symptoms.
We would like to invite you to accept our invitation for a free 15-minute phone consultation to speak with one of our upper cervical chiropractic doctors where you can ask any questions you may have and decide if an exam or care might be right for you.
If you are interested, you can call our office at (843) 225-5855.