In most patients, exercise does not help correct the cause of cervical foraminal stenosis, according to University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Physical therapy exercises and anti-inflammatory medication sometimes help reduce pain, states Wascher Cervical Spine Institute.
Cervical foraminal stenosis occurs when the spinal cord in the neck or its nerves are constricted, explains University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Common symptoms include neck, shoulder, arm and leg pain, as well as tingling, numbness or weakness in the extremities, Colorado Comprehensive Spine Institute reports. Surgery is often required if less invasive treatments do not provide relief. The surgeon takes pressure off the spine and nerves by removing or trimming the impediment.