Cervical Spine Disease Treated in Baltimore, Maryland

Neurology Center at Mercy - Baltimore

The Neurology Center at Mercy in Baltimore offers a medical team including Board Certified doctors who are dedicated to diagnosing and treating an array of neurological conditions, such as a pinched nerve, a form of cervical spine disease. 

About the Condition

Cervical spine disease is comprised of a group of conditions that affect the spinal column. The cervical spine are the first seven vertebrae known as C1-7.  It provides the mobility and stability to the head while shielding the spinal cord and nerve roots. The cervical spine is supported by discs, facet joints and ligaments. 

All of these structures have nerve endings that detect painful problems, and are subject to repetitive injury and degeneration due to aging, stress, trauma and daily activities.

Types of Cervical Spine Disease

Cervical spine disease can include:

  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Cervical spine stenosis

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy, also referred to as a “pinched nerve,” occurs when a nerve root is pinched by a herniated disc or bone spurs as it leaves the spinal canal. When the nerve is pinched it causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the neck.

 There are different causes for cervical radiculopathy or a pinched nerve such as herniated disc and degenerative disc along with bone spurs, arthritis or injuries that place pressure on the nerve roots.

Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Cervical spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck. This spinal condition occurs due to disc degeneration in the cervical spine and causes spinal stenosis, an abnormal narrowing.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Cervical Radiculopathy

  • Pain that moves along the arm, neck or shoulder
  • Muscle weakness and numbness and tingling in the fingers or hands
  • Headaches in the back of the head

The doctor will begin with a complete medical history and a physical exam. To get a better understanding of what is causing the pain, the doctor will order several diagnostic tests.

  • X-Ray
  • MRI

Cervical Spine Stenosis

Cervical Spine Stenosis symptoms include numbness, weakness, or tingling in the leg, foot, arm or hand. To diagnose, the doctor will complete medical history and a physical exam. To get a better understanding of what is causing the pain, the doctor will order several diagnostic tests.

  • Blood Tests
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • X-ray

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Treatment Options

Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Upon completion of diagnosis, our doctors at The Center for Neurology will refer the patient to physical therapy or interventional pain medicine. If the diagnosis warrants surgery, the patient may be referred to a surgeon.

Cervical Radiculopathy

The doctors at The Center for Neurology conduct a clinical exam and EMG. Based on the findings of the clinical exam and the EMG, the neurologists, may refer the patient to a specialist in pain medicine, physical therapy and or surgeon.

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Bonnie Gerecke, M.D.

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Dr. Bonnie Gerecke, Director of The Neurology Center and Chief of Neurology and Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Mercy Medical Center, offers expertise in diagnosing, evaluating and managing neuromuscular disease.

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