Cervical stenosis is a condition characterized by narrowing of the spinal canal. This occurs with age because the intervertebral discs lack water and become hard. Intervertebral discs can contract and protrude into the spinal canal. Cervical stenosis usually has no symptoms. When patients have cervical myelopathy, they may experience neck and arm pain, weakness, and difficulty moving their arms and legs.
Depending on the stage of cervical stenosis, treatment can be surgical or non-surgical. Surgery is usually required in patients who are very fragile and experience pain in the affected area and difficulty walking.
Conservative or non-surgical treatment that includes physical therapy for cervical stenosis is ideal for mild cases. Physiotherapy can be of great help in this situation. Before contacting a center or clinic for treatment, know about their physical therapy specialties to get better results.
Patients should understand that the goals of physiotherapy for cervical stenosis are long-term pain management and improve function that will allow the patient to manage pain effectively and function normally without surgery.
Physical therapy for cervical stenosis begins with increasing the flexibility of the neck, arms, and legs through stretching exercises. It is also important to improve blood circulation and increase resistance in your arms and legs through cardiovascular exercises such as swimming and treadmills.
Your therapist can also add strengthening exercises to your program. While most of these exercises are always done under professional supervision, your therapist will provide you with exercises that you can do on your own. Observed physical therapy for cervical stenosis may last three months or more.