Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine where the nerves exit the spinal canal and then travel down into your arms and/or legs. This can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the lower back and the neck.
Some people with spinal stenosis may not have symptoms. Others may experience pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Symptoms can worsen over time.
Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by degenerative or “wear-and-tear” changes in the spine related to osteoarthritis. It can also be caused by herniated or “ruptured” discs putting pressure on the nerves. In severe cases of spinal stenosis, doctors may recommend surgery to create additional space for the spinal cord or nerves.
Common symptoms include:
Cervical Stenosis (Neck)
Lumbar Stenosis (Lower back)