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FAQ029: What is spinal stenosis?

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis happens primarily in the low back (75% of cases) and is a fairly common finding on MRI especially as we get older. With spinal stenosis, you get a narrowing in a part of the bone around the spine. This affects the nerve that is leaving the spine and going to the rest of the body.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of spinal stenosis are

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Worse with standing or walking
  • Can have radiating pain down one or two legs

What causes it?

Spinal stenosis can be caused by a slew of causes but the most common is a form of arthritis that, like when it happens in the knee, is a decrease in space. In this case, that decrease space in the joint is happening between the bones in the spine. This rarely results because of a sudden injury but rather something that has accumulated over time.

Over the next couple of videos and blogs, we are going to deep dive into the concept of back pain and what we can do to help alleviate it.

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