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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

What is Spinal Stenosis?

The spine is a column of bones called vertebrae that provide stability and support for the upper body. It enables us to turn and twist. Spinal nerves run through openings in the vertebrae and conduct signals from the brain to rest of the body. The surrounding bone and tissues protect these nerves. If they’re damaged or impaired in any way, it can affect functions like walking, balance, and sensation.

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal column narrows and starts compressing the spinal cord. This process is typically gradual. If the narrowing is minimal, no symptoms will occur. Too much narrowing can compress the nerves and cause problems.

Stenosis can occur anywhere along the spine. How much of the spine is affected can vary.



  • What are the symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

    Symptoms typically progress over time, as nerves become more compressed. You might experience:

    • leg or arm weakness
    • lower back pain while standing or walking
    • numbness in your legs or buttocks
    • balance problems
  • What do I do next?

    The first step in treating Spinal Stenosis is to make an appointment to see a Spine Specialist or a Pain Specialist for Spinal Stenosis diagnosis and to learn your Spinal Stenosis treatment options.

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