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3. Pain in the Neck

Pain in the neck is widespread in people with cervical spinal stenosis. This pain occurs when the spinal canal begins shrinking. The development of bone spurs in elderly individuals with osteoarthritis is a major cause of cervical stenosis. These spurs compress the nerves, resulting in pain or aching near the neck, including the upper back and shoulders. The development of spurs does not guarantee that neck pain will develop, however.

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