What Is Neural Foraminal Compromise?

Neural foraminal compromise refers to nerve passageways in the spine that have narrowed. Symptoms of this condition may include pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the extremities.

Foramina are open passageways on either side of each vertebra that provide a space through which spinal nerve roots exit the spinal column. These passageways can become compromised due to arthritis, osteoporosis or meningitis. Diagnosis can be made with an MRI or CAT scan.

Conservative treatment options include low-impact exercise, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication, gentle stretching or restorative yoga. If these conservative treatments do not help alleviate symptoms, the physician may suggest spinal surgery. There are also outpatient alternatives to invasive procedures.