What is spinal stenosis?
An abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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The symptoms of spinal stenosis can vary depending on the severity of the narrowing and the area affected, but may include arm or leg pain, numbness and tingling down the arms or legs, bowel or bladder dysfunction, and foot disorders.
The most common cause of spinal stenosis is arthritis. Other causes may include disc herniation, fractures and underlying conditions such as osteoporosis.
Spinal stenosis can potentially affect anybody, but it is more common in those over 50 years of age.
Diagnosis of spinal stenosis is based on your doctor taking your medical history, carrying out a detailed physical examination and performing imaging tests.
Non-surgical treatment of spinal stenosis may involve physiotherapy, changing your daily activities to avoid excessive stress on the spine, and medication or corticosteroid injections. If symptoms fail to respond to non-surgical treatment, then surgery is an …
The symptoms of spinal stenosis can be treated at home using pain-relief medications and following a physiotherapy program to restore flexibility and strength.
You can lower your chances of spinal stenosis by maintaining a healthy weight, following a regular exercise program and practicing good posture.
Spinal stenosis has the potential to cause chronic pain, paralysis and fecal or urinary incontinence, which can have an impact on a person's quality of life.