What is Spinal Stenosis?

Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal or the foramen, the opening through which nerve roots pass. Stenosis can develop in any area of the spine.

Degenerative changes in the spine, a collapsed disc, bone spurs, or cysts can cause the spinal canal to narrow. This narrowing places pressure on the nerve roots and/or spinal cord, often resulting in pain.

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

Lumbar Stenosis

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

Stenosis Causes

Cervical Stenosis

  • Arthritic changes in neck
  • Bone spurs push on nerves and spinal cord
  • Compression can be caused by large disc herniations

Lumbar Stenosis

  • Degenerative changes limit nerve space; lack of blood supply induces symptoms

Stenosis Treatments

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