Hello and welcome to HCM,
Canal stenosis at the level of cervical spine
leads to compression of cervical spine and thus symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling
in upper limbs - shoulder and arms.
Canal stenosis occurs due to narrowing of diameter of the spinal canal
and it can occur due to bony spurs, herniated disc
, thickening of ligaments, tumors, spinal injuries etc.
Radiological investigations like Ct scan and / or MRI will be required to determine the exact cause of canal stenosis.
Management of canal stenosis can be done once definitive diagnosis is made.Sciatica
is a neurological disorder caused due to compression of sciatic nerve
Sciatic nerve arises from lower back and supplies to entire lower limb.
Compression of sciatic nerve can lead to pain and numbness in the entire region supplied by it i.e. buttocks, thigh, knee, leg and foot.
However, sciatic nerve involvement is seen in involvement of lumbar or lower spine.
Sciatic nerve will not be affected by the cervical canal stenosis.
The lower spine also needs to be investigated to look for any evidence of stenosis or any other pathology in lower back.
I suggest you to consult an orthopedician for clinical assessment and thus management of cervical and lumbar spine
Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja Puri