Spinal Stenosis

Applies to: Back, Neck

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing causes a spinal canal restriction, resulting in a neurological deficit.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling, prickling, burning sensation
  • Loss of motor control

The most common areas affected are the neck and the lower back, with stenosis of the mid-back being much less common than of the neck and lower back. Causes of spinal stenosis include aging, arthritis, heredity, instability of the spine, trauma, and tumors of the spine. When we age, ligaments can thicken, bone spurs can develop, intervertebral discs may bulge or herniate, facet joints may break down, or compression fractures may occur. All of these conditions can contribute to the narrowing of the space in the spine.