Spinal Stenosis

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The leading reason for Spinal Stenosis is Arthritis, a condition caused by the breakdown of cartilage — the cushiony material between your bones — and the growth of bone tissue. Osteoarthritis can lead to disc changes, a thickening of the ligaments of the spine, and bone spurs. This can put pressure on your spinal cord and spinal nerves. Other causes include injuries, accidents, tumors, or Paget’s Disease.

Symptoms

Spinal Stenosis usually affects your neck or lower back. Not everyone has symptoms, but if you do, they tend to be the same: stiffness, numbness, and back pain.

Diagnosis

The doctor will look at your spine for signs of the condition, like pain in your lower back or neck. He may also ask you to walk or bend to see which movements cause pain.

Your doctor may order a X-ray or MRI to check for bone or nerve damage near your spine.

Treatment