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Waist and Neck Canal Narrowing

If you think of the human body as a structure, the part that carries this structure is the spine. Even the slightest problem in the spine can cause serious health problems. Because the nerve tissues that enable us to move are also located in this spine.

A narrowing that may occur in the channels in the spine, through which the nerve tissues pass, puts pressure on the nerve tissue, and thus very serious health problems, up to paralysis, may occur. This can occur in both the waist and neck region. So what is waist-neck narrowing, what are its symptoms and treatment methods? Let's start looking for answers to these questions together...


What is Waist and Neck Canal Narrowing?

The spine also includes the spinal canal, through which the spinal cord passes, as a structure that allows the human to stand upright. This canal is also called the spinal canal. In lumbar canal narrowing, also called lumbar stenosis, the spinal canal in the spine narrows, thus causing compression of the nerves going to the spinal cord and legs.

Neck canal narrowing also occurs in the neck region in a similar way. In the narrowing of the neck canal, called the cervical narrow canal, the nerves that go to the spinal cord and the arms and legs are compressed and this can cause serious problems.

Well, waist and neck canal narrowing develops due to what? With the advancing age, the discs between the vertebrae begin to lose their spongy or elastic structure.

In this way, they hold more water in them. This situation causes the disc height to decrease and the hardened disc to swell towards the spinal canal. Thus, channel narrowing occurs. Namely, just as lime accumulates in a pipe and narrows the inner surface of the pipe, a similar situation occurs in the narrowing of the waist and neck canals.

What are the Symptoms of Waist and Neck Canal Narrowing?

Although the symptoms that occur in lumbar canal narrowing and neck canal narrowing are often similar, it is useful to evaluate these symptoms separately from each other.

First, the symptoms that occur when the lumbar canal narrowing occurs are as follows:

  • Back pain or loss at all
  • Weakness with cramps, pain and numbness in the legs,
  • Being unable to walk anymore after walking for a short time,

Patients' complaints may increase when they stand for a long time or after walking a long distance.

While the pain felt by the patients sometimes disappears completely, sometimes it can be intensified.

We can list the symptoms that may occur in neck canal narrowing as follows:

  • Hands start to work weaker,
  • Decreased dexterity (dropping things, not being able to button a shirt, not being able to write properly, etc.),
  • Loss of balance or being able to walk holding on to something,
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
  • Difficulty holding urine and stool.

When all the symptoms show themselves, a problem with the spinal cord or nerves can be mentioned. One of the most common problems related to the spine is the narrowing of the waist and neck canal.

Waist and Neck Canal Narrowing Treatment Methods

Non-surgical methods are first applied for both waist canal narrowing and neck canal narrowing. These methods include lifestyle changes and physical therapy.

In this process, it may be recommended to use drugs such as muscle relaxants or pain relievers in addition to physical therapy. If there is no improvement and the discomfort continues after the patient has been followed up for a while, then surgical procedures can be considered.

Decompression is the most commonly used surgical method in lumbar and neck canal narrowing.

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Thanks to the decompression process, the narrow canal pressing on the patient's nerve tissues is widened. Since it is an extremely critical operation, it would be extremely healthy to be performed by an experienced and expert surgeon.

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