Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Cervical Stenosis
Signs and Symptoms

Most cases of stenosis in the neck, or cervical stenosis, develop in patients over age 50 because of wear and tear on the spine. Some patients are born with condition and others develop it after a spine injury.

Cervical stenosis most often causes stiffness or pain in the neck, which may increase over time. Other symptoms include:

  • Stiffness, pain or numbness in the shoulder, arm, hand or leg
  • Burning or tingling sensation, or the feeling of pins and needles, in the shoulder, arm or hand or leg
  • Balance and coordinatiion problems when walking
  • In severe cases, bladder and bowel problems

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.