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Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. Others may experience pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Symptoms often start gradually and worsen over time. Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by wear-and-tear changes in the spine related to osteoarthritis. In severe cases of spinal stenosis, doctors may recommend surgery to create additional space for the spinal cord or nerves. Most people with spinal stenosis are over the age of 50. There are two main types of spinal stenosis: 1. Cervical stenosis. where the narrowing occurs in your neck. 2. Lumbar stenosis where the narrowing occurs in the lower back.
The backbone (spine) runs from your neck to your lower back. The bones of your spine form a spinal canal, which protects your spinal cord (nerves). Some people are born with a small spinal canal. But most spinal stenosis occurs when something happens to narrow the open space within the spine, such as the following :
In severe cases of spinal stenosis, doctors may recommend surgery to create additional space for the spinal cord or nerves.
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