Spinal Stenosis Treatment and Surgery
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spaces within your spine narrow, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. This pressure can cause pain, numbness, or muscle weakness, usually in the legs. Treatment for spinal stenosis varies depending on its severity and the affected area of the spine.
Causes of Spinal Stenosis
The most common causes include:
- Age: As we age, our spine changes. This can lead to a narrowing of the spaces within the spine.
- Osteoarthritis: Over time, the cartilage that cushions your vertebrae can wear away, leading to spinal stenosis.
- Tumors: Abnormal growths can form inside the spinal cord or between the spinal cord and vertebrae.
- Trauma: Accidents and injuries can dislocate or fracture vertebrae.
- Bone Diseases: Diseases like Paget’s disease can lead to spinal stenosis.