Cervical Stenosis Surgery Performed by Board-Certified Spine Surgeons in Freehold, NJ
Cervical stenosis surgery may be recommended to address a narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck region. This condition can occur for a variety of reasons, such as sudden trauma from a car accident or sports-related injury. Most often, however, the condition results from degenerative changes that occur along with the natural aging process.
While the experienced surgeons at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, generally view cervical stenosis surgery as a last resort, it may become necessary if the narrowing creates pressure on sensitive nerve tissue. Otherwise, treatment may be unnecessary. In fact, it is possible to have cervical stenosis and be completely unaware of it.
A compressed nerve in the neck, on the other hand, can produce a variety of symptoms that can vary in intensity and duration, and thus may or may not require cervical stenosis surgery. Some possible symptoms include:
- Neck pain that radiates through the shoulders, arms, and hands (radiculopathy)
- Tingling sensations
- Arm muscle weakness
- Arm and hand numbness
- Loss of balance
- Walking difficulties
In many cases, the spine experts at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold find that these symptoms respond well to conservative treatments like physical therapy and medications. For this reason, a decision to proceed with surgery should usually be delayed in order to allow these treatments some time to work (generally 4-6 weeks). Also, in very severe cases, a loss of bladder or bowel control may occur. This is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical attention.
If you’d like to learn more about cervical stenosis surgery and other treatment options for spinal narrowing in the neck region, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule an appointment with a specialist at our spine center in Freehold, NJ. We can assess your individual situation and help you determine the right approach for you.