What is Stenosis?
What Causes Stenosis?
There are a variety of causes for spinal stenosis including things like spinal deformity or cyst growths. That being said, the most common causes include:
- Spinal Osteoarthritis, or the breakdown of cartilage covering the facet joints.
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Ligament Thickening for Buckling
Of course you might be suffering from one or more of these issues that lead to stenosis.
Symptoms of Stenosis
No one individual typically sees the same symptoms as the other. They can vary greatly but usually fall within pain, numbness, and weakness either individually or in combination. Pain is generally dull and confined to the neck or lower back but you might notice the numbness in your arm, leg, or other parts of your body. It’s not common, but you might have weakness independent of pain that will appear as reduced strength in your arms or legs.
Treatment Options for Stenosis
Frequently Asked Questions about Stenosis
1. Are there activities I should avoid when suffering from stenosis?
It is best that patients suffering from stenosis avoid long periods of walking or standing and high impact exercises such as contact sports or jogging.
2. Is there a cure for Stenosis?
Though you can alleviate the pain of stenosis, there is no current permanent cure.