What is Spinal Stenosis?

Your spine, or backbone, protects your spinal cord and allows you to stand and bend. When Spinal Stenosis occurs, the spine narrows making everyday movements painful. Spinal Stenosis (or narrowing) is a common condition that occurs when the small spinal canal, which contains the nerve roots and spinal cord, becomes compressed. This narrowing can cause a “pinching” sensation of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots leading to pain, discomfort, cramping, weakness or numbness, and at its worst can affect how your bladder and bowel work.

Spinal Stenosis or Lumbar Spinal Stenosis doesn’t happen at once, but over time. Your spine, or backbone, protects your spinal cord and allows you to stand and bend.

What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

  • Aging - General wear and tear and as bones begin to weaken and thin in advanced age, we become susceptible.
  • Surgery - Tissue around the area may swell after spinal surgery. When this happens, it can press on the spinal cord or cause pressure on nerve endings.
  • Herniated Discs - There are soft discs in between the vertebrae of the spine that act as cushioning, absorbing shock and helping to prevent back injuries.
  • Trauma - Traumatic accidents in which the spine is injured can lead to extended pain.
  • Paget's Disease - is a bone disease that causes patients to generate new bone more quickly than the average rate. Because the process is generated faster than normal, the bone created may be soft and weak, prone to fractures, deformed, or painful.
  • Tumors - Another potential cause of spinal stenosis are tumors, even if you do not have cancer.
  • Osteoarthritis - Many older adults suffer from osteoarthritis, which can also cause spinal stenosis. With osteoarthritis, bone spurs can form due to the damaged caused by wear and tear throughout your life.
  • Scoliosis - a condition that causes the spine to curve rather than be straight. Its abnormal form can cause the spinal canal to narrow, putting pressure on the nerves.
  • Thickening ligaments - as you age, the ligaments in the body can thicken and become less healthy and unable to properly protect the spine

    What Causes Spinal Stenosis??


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