Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more canals or openings in the spine – most often noted in the neck or lower back. This narrowing can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves that branch out from the compressed areas. Spinal Stenosis is most common in men and women over 50 years of age. However, it may occur in younger people who are born with a narrowing of the spinal canal or who suffer an injury to the spine.
Spinal Stenosis can cause cramping, pain or numbness in the legs, back, neck, shoulders or arms; a loss of sensation in the extremities and sometimes in its advanced form, problems with bladder or bowel function. Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by intreated osteoarthritis-related bone damage and degeneration.