Spinal Stenosis is narrowing of the canal that houses the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots. This narrowing can result in pressure or irritation of the spinal cord or nerve roots. Spinal stenosis most often occurs as a result of the aging process but can also be caused by trauma or arthritis. Spinal Stenosis can occur in any part of the spine, but is most common in the cervical and lumbar spine. Lumbar spinal stenosis can cause low back pain or cramps in the legs. Spinal Stenosis of the cervical spine requires more immediate medical attention as it may compress the spinal cord and cause severe neurological effects.
Those with Spinal Stenosis can experience signs and symptoms including:
● Pain in the lumbar or cervical spine
● Pain that radiates into the extremities, especially worse with standing or walking
● Weakness in the arms, hands, or legs
● Leg cramps
● Bladder or bowel dysfunction