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Cervical Foraminal Stenosis and Nerve Compression | Neck Pain | Colorado Spine Surgeon

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Dr. Donald Corenman is one of a handful of individuals that are both an MD and doctor of chiropractic (DC). His practice with the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO serves the Vail Denver area and patients traveling from the US and abroad seeking resolution for chronic back pain and failed surgical treatment.

This video discusses neck pain and how it is related to cervical foraminal stenosis and nerve compression.

Dr. Donald Corenman ( | 970-479-5895) is a Colorado Spine Surgeon who diagnoses and treats all conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Dr. Corenman is in private practice at the prestigious Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO and is a skilled researcher and lecturer pertaining to all topics relating to spinal disorders, including neck pain.

As one of the most renowned Colorado spine surgeons skilled at treating all areas of the spine, Dr. Corenman specializes in all degenerative spine conditions—such as cervical foraminal stenosis and nerve compression—as well as sports and traumatic injuries and spinal fractures and deformities. Dr. Corenman is passionate about educating patients, other physicians and colleagues on all conditions and treatment options for neck pain, back pain and spine conditions. You can learn more about Dr. Corenman, his practice, the spine conditions he treats and review his vast library of resources by visiting his educational website at ; In addition, he has a wide array of spine related presentations for the public to download at:

Dr. Corenman created this video—cervical foraminal stenosis and nerve compression—to explain this condition as a cause of neck pain in more detail.

This video uses a spine model and an actual cadaveric vertebra specimen to demonstrate how degeneration of the front part of the cervical or neck vertebra (called the uncovertebral joint) causes compression of the nerve root. The uncovertebral joint commonly develops bone spurs with degenerative disc disease of the neck. Since this joint is the front of the nerve exit hole (foramen), this bone spur will narrow the exit hole and can pinch the nerve. Bending to the side of the spur and bending the head backwards will cause the nerve to be compressed. Bending away from the pain and bending the head forward will relax the nerve and reduce pain (Please see the video Anatomy and motion of the cervical spine to understand how motion affects the nerve foramen).

Although Dr. Corenman is a Colorado spine surgeon, he sees and treats patients regularly from all over the world. Please visit to view all of Dr. Corenman’s educational videos on the neck, back and spine.

Visit Dr. Corenman’s website to learn more about the anatomy of the spine and other conditions of the spine. For spine images, visit: ; To visit Dr. Corenman on LinkedIn, visit:

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