What is Spinal Stenosis?

Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. When this occurs it will often pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis can develop in any area of the spine. However, it will most often occur in the neck.

There are two types of spinal stenosis. They are classified by where the condition occurs. Although not common, it is also possible to have more than one type. The two main types are:

  • Cervical Stenosis. This condition occurs at the narrowing part of the spine, in your neck.
  • Lumbar Stenosis. In this condition, there is also narrowing, however, it occurs in the lower back.

Degenerative changes in the spine is the most common cause. In fact, the degenerative changes that occur is due to osteoarthritis. Stenosis can be cured through conservative methods. However, surgery may be recommended also in severe cases.

spinal stenosis symptoms and cause

Stenosis Symptoms

Cervical Stenosis

  • Stiffness in neck
  • Weakness in arms causing difficulty using the hands
  • Pain and Numbness in hands and/or arms
  • Improper balance
  • Neck pain

Lumbar Stenosis

  • Tired, heavy feeling in back, buttocks, and legs while walking or standing
  • Cramping sensation in these areas
  • Weakness, numbness or pain in legs

Stenosis Causes

Some are born with a small spinal canal. However, most stenosis happens when something occurs to the narrow space within the spine. There are many causes of the condition, such as:

  • Bone overgrowth
  • Herniated Discs
  • Tumors
  • Ligaments that have become thickened
  • Spinal injuries

Stenosis Treatments

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