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What is Spinal Stenosis?
- Spinal stenosis occurs when there is a narrowing of the spinal canal, and there is no longer a sufficient amount of room for the spinal nerves. Without enough space, the nerves have more pressure on them and crowding causing pain and pinching. This condition most commonly occurs in people ages 50 and older. Pain from this condition usually occurs in the lower back and may shoot down the legs.
- Simple things like walking and light exercise can cause a flare. However, spinal Stenosis pain can sometimes be temporarily relieved by bending forward or sitting.
- Genetics can be a contributor to a narrowing spinal canal, as well as the development of degenerative disc disease. In addition, other conditions like scoliosis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, spinal tumors, or trauma/injury to the spine can promote stenosis.
- Changes to the spine like stability, density, and size, can result in little space and more pressure on the spinal structures and nerves, equaling pain. Therefore, it is essential to look at the spine’s health as a whole. One injured area of the spine can begin to affect the health of the rest of the spine.
Symptoms of stenosis may include:
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