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Spinal Stenosis

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What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more canals or openings in the spine – most often noted in the neck or lower back. This narrowing can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves that branch out from the compressed areas. Spinal Stenosis is most common in men and women over 50 years of age. However, it may occur in younger people who are born with a narrowing of the spinal canal or who suffer an injury to the spine.

Spinal Stenosis can cause cramping, pain or numbness in the legs, back, neck, shoulders or arms; a loss of sensation in the extremities and sometimes in its advanced form, problems with bladder or bowel function. Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by intreated osteoarthritis-related bone damage and degeneration.

SIGNS OF POTENTIAL CONCERN

  • Pain or cramping in the legs
  • Radiating back and hip pain
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Tingling or numbness in the extremities
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function

WHAT CAN LEAD TO SPINAL STENOSIS?

  • Injuries to ligaments leading to calcium deposits and thickening of spinal ligaments.
  • Aging
  • Arthritis
  • Inherited conditions
  • Tumors of the spine
  • Injuries

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