Neck and Shoulder Pain Caused by Spinal Stenosis

posted at March 5, 2012

Question: I was having a lot of pain in my neck. I went to the ER because the pain had gotten unbearable. A CAT scan was done, and they told me there was spinal stenosis, and that I needed to see a neurosurgeon. I went to my doctor (which I will be changing anyhow) and he got the results, looked at them and said there was a curve at C3 and C4 and that was causing the pain. He gave me Prednisone, I took them as directed and it did nothing. My shoulder and neck continue to bother me. Im an avid hiker and it is interfering with this. I lift weights and it doesn’t really make the pain any worse, mainly walking does, and running is out of the question. Can you help with this?

Answer: Thank-you for your question. We do have success with treating many cases of spinal stenosis. The best opportunity for success with your treatment is early intervention. Physical therapy treatment at results would include “hands-on” treatment to increase general Cx and thoracic mobility to take the stress off the levels where the stenosis is. Stenosis is a form of degeneration and is typically found where one or several stiff levels are increasing the wear and tear on other levels within the spine. We would also implement a specific mobility and strengthening program that would increase the “mobility” of your nerves and decrease soft tissue restrictions around the spine.

We can also help you find the right neurosurgeon for this problem as we are well versed in the best resources in your region.

Let me know what else I can do to help.

Thanks,
John