What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal.
Stenosis literally means “narrowing.” When the the protective bony channel in the middle of your spinal narrows, nerves that travel or lie within or near the spinal cord can become impinged, or compressed, which in turn can lead to pain and other symptoms.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis can occur in any section of the spine. Symptoms include:
- Common symptoms of Spinal Stenosis include:
- In the lumbar spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet
- In the cervical spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the neck, arms, hands, and sometimes in the head
- In the thoracic spine (less common): pain in the mid or upper back, radiating through the stomach or chest, which patients often confuse for cardiovascular problems
Prior to having a surgical procedure to treat your spinal stenosis, conservative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and steroid injections should be attempted. If these measures do not meaningfully relieve your pain, a North American Spine procedure may be in order.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
While spinal columns are very strong, they are subject to a host of problems, many of which can cause painful narrowing. Some of the underlying causes of spinal stenosis include:
- Additional common Spinal Stenosis causes include:
- Age-related wear and tear, which can lead to Degenerative Disc Disease
- Other conditions, such as arthritis, bone spurs, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis and others
- Back or neck strain due to repetitive physical activity, poor posture, imbalances in the musculature, or heavy lifting
- Direct physical injury such as a car accident or fall
- Genetics, whether or not the symptoms appeared in your parents
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