Cervical spinal stenosis
Narrowing of the cervical spinal canal results in myelopathy that displays upper motor neuron signs, such as hyperreflexia. Compression of the cervical nerve roots will result in lower motor neuron signs in the upper extremities. Symptoms typically worsen with extension of the spine and improve with flexion.
Spinal stenosis can be congenital, but more typically people older than 60 develop degenerative changes of the spine that result in progressive narrowing of the foramina.
Treatment of spinal stenosis consists of physical therapy, epidural injections, and surgical decompression for severe cases.
Related topic: Lumbar spinal stenosis
M48.02 – Spinal stenosis, cervical region
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