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Spinal Stenosis - Cause - Diagnosis - Symptoms - Treatment Options

Information on the cause, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment options for spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the lumbar (back) or cervical (neck) spinal canal, resulting in pressure and compression on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. It can be caused by osteoarthritis, Paget's disease, trauma, or injury.
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What Is Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs as the spinal canal narrows, restricting or compressing the nerve roots and spinal cord. According to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), spinal stenosis is typically caused by osteoarthritis of the spinal column.

Spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the lumbar (back) or cervical (neck) spinal canal, which causes compression of the nerve roots.

Spinal stenosis (Image)
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the lumbar or cervical spinal canal. The narrowing can cause compression on nerve roots resulting in pain or weakness of the legs. Medications or steroid injections are often administered to reduce inflammation. If the pain is persistent and does not respond to these conservative measures, surgery is considered to relieve the pressure on the nerves

Spinal stenosis - spinal canal (Image)
Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal. This can develop as you age from drying out and shrinking of the disk spaces. (80% of the disks are made up of water) If this happens, even a minor injury can cause inflammation of the disk and put pressure on the nerve. You can feel pain anywhere along your back or leg(s) that this nerve supplies.

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people. Injury, occupation, excess weight, and genetics are among the factors which cause the cartilage of a joint to wear away. Take our Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz.

Osteoarthritis - Test Your Knowledge
There are many types of arthritis. How is osteoarthritis diagnosed and treated? How much do you know about osteoarthritis? Take the quiz.

The Back Pain Quiz
Back pain is a very common condition. Four out of 5 people will actually experience low back pain sometime in their life. How much do you know about back pain? Do you know how it's treated? Do you know if you can prevent it? Take The Back Pain Quiz.

Spinal Stenosis: An Overview Of Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a general term referring to the narrowing of spaces in the vertebral column. While spinal stenosis can be caused by many factors, most cases are due to aging and the related presence of osteoarthritis.

Questions & Answers About Spinal Stenosis
Questions & answers about spinal stenosis. Describing the condition's causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

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