Spinal Stenosis

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which there is a narrowing that occurs between the spaces within the spine. This can put pressure on the spinal cord, and the associated nerves that travel through the spine, and into the arms and legs. Spinal stenosis is most common in the neck and the lower back.

What are the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis?

While some people do not experience symptoms at all, common symptoms may include:

-pain

-tingling and numbness in the spine, arms, and/or legs

-muscle weakness

-problems with bowel/bladder control

What are the causes of spinal stenosis?

The most common cause of spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis due to normal aging. In severe cases of spinal stenosis, surgical intervention may be required to create more space between the spinal cord and nerves. Other treatments include: medication therapy, physical therapy, and injection therapy.