What is Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine. Stenosis can put pressure on the spinal canal and irritate Spinal Stenosisnerves through the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs most frequently in the neck and lower back.

Unlike the pain caused by a Herniated Disc, which is caused by a bulging disc compressing the spinal nerves, Stenosis is caused by the nerves being compressed by the bone itself, and usually requires diagnostics and surgery.

Aging represents the most common cause of spinal stenosis. Spinal degeneration and bone density breakdown progresses  throughout the body as it ages. As a result, tissues in the spine can thicken, and bones can increase in size, compressing the nerves.  Common aging ailments such as  osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis may also contribute to spinal stenosis.

Typically a physician will perform a Laminectomy to remove a portion of the vertebrae, releasing the pressure on the spinal nerves.

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