Spinal stenosis is one of the most common causes of cervical radiculopathy. Stenosis, generally, means that there is narrowing of the spinal canal which can be caused by a number of different things- it could be the disc, the bone, tumor and trauma.
Did you know even old age can cause spinal stenosis?
As we age, our ligaments can thicken or bone spurs can develop which ultimately narrows the canal in which the spinal cord resides. X-rays do not always provide enough information to confirm spinal stenosis, and it is recommended that the patient also receives an MRI. Some patients may have stenosis and not show any symptoms. In most cases, non-operative treatment is suitable, however, if the patient is experiencing increased pain and/or the inability to walk, surgical treatment will be considered.
Dr. Allison Fleming.