Over the course of time, the spine will go through degenerative changes that are the result of the natural aging process and normal wear and tear. These degenerative changes affect the normal function of the spinal cord, which runs from the brain, through the neck (cervical spine) and thoracic spine, down to the lumbar spine, and then to other parts of the body. Cervical stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) with myelopathy is one of the most common causes of spinal chord dysfunction in the older population. In advanced stages, this can ultimately lead to compression of the spinal chord. Symptoms associated with this condition include pain, weakness, numbness, neck stiffness, instability, and ongoing sensations of pins and needles and tingling in the arms and hands. It’s important that an accurate diagnosis be made for patients with cervical stenosis (with myelopathy) and those that are suffering from spinal cord dysfunction as more serious conditions can result if treatment is not sought.

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