Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the canal of the spine that can cause pressure to be placed on the spinal cord and nerves of the spine. In a healthy spinal column, nerve roots leave the spine via nerve root canals unrestricted. Spinal stenosis occurs when bone and soft tissues begin to grow over top of the vertebrae and end up covering the nerve root canals.
There most common types of spinal stenosis are Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Cervical Spinal Stenosis. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is more common while Cervical Spinal Stenosis is more dangerous.
The most common cause of Spinal Stenosis is natural wear and tear due to the aging process in which ligaments may thicken, herniated discs or bulging discs may occur and cysts may form. Arthritis and spinal injuries are also seen as causes for Spinal Stenosis.
It is possible to have Spinal Stenosis and have no signs or symptoms of having the condition. In those who do have symptoms, they usually are gradual symptoms and may become worse over time. Spinal Stenosis causes constriction to the nerve roots and can lead to a number of painful and unpleasant symptoms as a result. The most common symptoms of Spinal Stenosis include:
The first step in treating spinal stenosis is to make an appointment to see an NYC interventional spine specialist for diagnosis and to learn your treatment options.
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