Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is related to the degeneration of the spine and typically becomes an issue in patients 50 years old and older. The most common types of stenosis include lumbar stenosis in the low back and cervical stenosis in the neck.

Spinal stenosis is caused by a narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord. It has several causes, including arthritis of the spine, bone diseases, congenital defect, a herniated disc, injury, or tumors.

Symptoms can worsen over time and include:

  • Heavy feeling or weakness in the legs
  • Inability to walk briskly or for long distances
  • Intermittent shooting or zinging pain into the arms or legs
  • Gait problems and coordination problems

Lumbar Stenosis

Lumbar stenosis is the most common type of spinal stenosis. With lumbar stenosis, the spinal nerve roots in the low back are compressed or choked, producing a tingling, or weakness, or numbness that radiates from the low back and into the buttocks and legs, especially when walking or being active. In 75 percent of cases, spinal stenosis occurs in the low back and often affects the sciatic nerve, which runs along the back of the leg.

Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Cervical Spinal Stenosis (in the neck) can be more dangerous because it can create a tightening of the spinal cord. This may compromise the coordination of extremities.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms or if your healthcare provider suspects spinal stenosis, contact us. We’re here to help you get your life back.