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Cervical Spinal Cord Compression

Sometimes, as the result of aging or a spinal injury, the bones of the cervical spine (the first seven vertebrae) will slowly start to degenerate. This degeneration is responsible for narrowing the space between vertebrae (the foramen) that contain major nerves, leading to symptoms of pain and numbness.

Compression of cervical spinal cord nerves can also happen as the result of a herniated disc protruding into the spinal canal as well as projecting bone spurs. The precise description of symptoms will depend on exactly which nerves of the cord are being pressured and to what degree.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options for Cervical Spinal Cord Compression
An MRI scan will allow your doctor to see the extent of compression in your cervical spinal cord. Once a diagnosis has been established, you may want to weigh your options for surgery. If necessary, a surgical procedure can alleviate the stress on nerves by removing the source of compression and any diseased material, such as a ruptured disc, in the spine.

Arthroscopic spinal surgery, which involves using special surgical tools fed through small incisions in the skin and manipulated with the help of an endoscopic camera, has a 90+ percent success rate at The Bonati Institute. In contrast to open back surgery, which has only a roughly 50 percent rate of success, The Bonati Procedures do not require a long recuperation period and can be done with local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. For more information and to arrange for a free MRI review, please see The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery website at www.bonati.com.

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