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How biofeedback is used to treat cervical stenosis

Cervical spinal stenosis describes narrowing that occurs in the cervical (upper) region of the spine. The symptoms can be very disruptive to a good quality of life, affecting your relationships, your job and the things you love to do. If you are dealing with this condition and have exhausted conventional conservative treatment options like medication and physical therapy, but are reluctant to undergo surgery, there is still a wide range of alternative treatments available.

Although still not fully accepted by all mainstream medical practitioners, treatments like biofeedback provide relief for some patients; especially when used as part of a larger treatment plan. If you do explore any alternative options, keep your doctor informed to ensure they are compatible with any existing care you receive.

How biofeedback works

Cervical stenosis cases are usually caused by degenerative conditions such as degenerative disc disease or facet disease that can lead to nerve compression and painful symptoms. This is because nerve compression interferes with the transmission of sensory signals between the brain and the body. The goal of biofeedback is to change the way the brain interprets and responds to these pain signals.

During a biofeedback session, electrodes and other sensory equipment are used to find patterns in the body’s physical responses to stimuli. Once the relationships between psychological responses, such as emotions and behavior, and physiological responses, such as muscle movement and pain perception have been established, a patient can potentially begin to manage them better.

For instance, if a person has cervical stenosis that is causing bouts of muscle spasms or tingling in the neck, a doctor may put electrical sensors on the patient’s neck. The sensors, with the help of monitoring equipment, track the body’s responses to the spasms. In time, a patient may be able to use deep breathing, visualization or other techniques to eliminate or reduce the pain.

Additional treatment options

Behavior modification in the form of biofeedback does not work for everyone. If you have tried a variety of nonsurgical treatments for your cervical stenosis and have found them to be ineffective, your doctor may recommend you undergo a surgical procedure. If surgery becomes an option, contact USA Spine Care today. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open procedures.^ By using muscle-sparing techniques, our surgeons can access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision, offering a streamlined outpatient experience.

We are happy to perform a free review of your MRI* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedures that are performed on an outpatient basis.

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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to  reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.

Contact us today to learn more. Call toll free 1-866-249-1627.

Spinal Stenosis "Quick Answers"

Depending on the region and severity Spinal stenosis feels like tingling, burning and/or weakness in the hands, arms, neck, lower back or legs. It may also feel like a radiating pain or shooting shock-like pain. Read more in the links below: Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Overview Defining Spinal Stenosis Researching Spinal Stenosis Learning About Back Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Pathophysiology
The types of spinal stenosis are region based and consist of cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar or lower back. In addition, foraminal stenosis is the narrowing of the foramen. Read more in the links below: Spinal Stenosis of the Neck Cervical Stenosis - Basic Facts Neck Stenosis Causes Neck Stenosis Treatment Central Canal Stenosis Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis in the Back
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. This condition, most often located in the Lumbar spine, may be caused by degeneration of the spine, wear and tear, sports injury, & collapsing discs. Read more in the links below. What Causes Spinal Stenosis? Obesity May Lead to a Stenosis Diagnosis Age and its Role in the Development of Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Causes Identifying Common Causes From Birth Defects to Getting Older Degenerative Conditions Car Accident Injuries
The symptoms of spinal stenosis include tingling or numbness in the extremities, pain and weakness in the neck, back and/or legs. In severe cases bladder, bowel dysfunction/continence. Learn more in the links below: What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis? Spinal Stenosis Symptoms Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis What Should I Do If I Think I Have Spinal Stenosis? Spinal Stenosis and Hand Pain Recognizing Spinal Stenosis Have You Been Diagnosed? About Your Diagnosis Diagnostic Process Helping Your Physician How a Diagnosis Is Made Arriving at a Diagnosis
Physician specialties that treat spinal stenosis include: Pain management & rehabilitation physicians, spine surgeons, orthopedic specialists & neurosurgeons. Read more about these specialties in the links below: Doctors Who Treat Spinal Stenosis Spinal Decompression Doctors
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a Procedure What to Expect Recovery Times

  • Problems from anesthesia.
  • A deep infection in the surgical wound.
  • A skin infection.
  • Blood clots.
  • Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
  • Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
  • Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
  • The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
  • Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.

Read more in the links below: Overview of Risk Factors Most Common Risk Factors Obesity & Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis & Arthritis Treating Elderly Patients

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