Cervical spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the cervical spine that results in pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. People with the problem should visit a doctor either for medications to relieve the symptoms or surgery to improve the condition.
Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal, which contains the nerve roots and spinal cord, becomes too tight and therefore the spinal cord or nerve root is compressed. This compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots leads to pain, prickling, weakness or numbness.
Causes of cervical spinal stenosis include the following reasons: 1) Aging: As people get older, the aging process can cause a bulging of the discs, or a thickening of ligaments (ligamentum flavum). Aging can also lead to destruction of cartilage that cover bones and to excessive growth of the bones in joints. These conditions can narrow the spinal canal and cause spinal stenosis. 2) Inherited conditions: some people are born with a narrowed spinal canal. People with cervical spinal stenosis may have symptoms as pain, numbness and stiffness or weakness in the neck, shoulder, arms, hands or legs. Typically there is only one body side affected. Sometimes balance and coordination problems such as shuffling or tripping while walking, furthermore, if the cervical spinal cord is compressed, cervical spinal stenosis can make people paralyzed or incontinent.
Treatment of cervical spinal stenosis can include conservative treatments like medications and exercises or modification of habits to move. Medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to relieve pain, exercise can help to strengthen the bones and muscles. Small spinal disc herniations can be treated without surgery, they often reform themselves. In many cases, a surgery to decompress the cervical stenosis affected area, and thereby reducing symptoms and the risk of permanent nerve damage, will be necessary.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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