Kovilpatti Venkateswara Hospital
Cervical Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a general term that refers to a range of symptoms caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal canal is a long tunnel that runs down the spine behind the body of vertebral column. The spinal canal contains the spinal cord and nerve roots. With age, injury or degeneration, the spinal canal may be narrowed by compressing the spinal cord and nerve roots. When this condition is affected near the neck, then it is referred to as cervical canal stenosis when low back is affected its called lumbar canal stenosis and upper back narrowing is called dorsal canal stenosis.
Spinal Cord Trauma
- At Kovilpatti Venkateswara Hospital, we provide the most advanced and sophisticated diagnostics and treatment techniques for patients with spinal cord trauma and injuries. We bring together a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified and well experienced medical and surgical specialists who offer patients safe and effective treatments and rehabilitative programs to offer the intact continuum of care for the spine patient.
Causes of spinal stenosis
Symptoms caused by the compression of the spinal cord and nerves
Diagnosing cervical spinal stenosis
The neurosurgeon or spinal surgeon determine the cause of symptoms and conduct several radiological investigations including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and myelogram.
Treatment for cervical spinal stenosis
Spinal canal stenosis is treated using conservative methods including medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), steroids and drugs for neuropathy are used to relieve pain as well as reduce inflammation and swelling.
Non-invasive treatments include physiotherapy and osteopathy to relax tight muscles and ease pain or discomfort. Physical therapy helps build up the strength and endurance, maintain the flexibility and stability of the spine and improve the balance.
Minimally invasive treatment includes a nerve sheath injection, during which a local anesthesia may be injected around the compressed nerve for both diagnostic and therapeutic value.
An invasive or Cervical Stenosis surgery is performed for severe conditions to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and to help strengthen the spine.