Spinal Stenosis Symptoms and Causes
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column or the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column. This narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and can cause pain. Spinal stenosis is most common in men and women over 50 years old, though younger people who were born with a narrow spinal canal or who hurt their spines may also get spinal stenosis. Causes of spinal stenosis include arthritis of the spine, herniated or slipped discs, injuries affecting the spinal cord, tumors in the spine and bone diseases. Most often, the symptoms of spinal stenosis will occur on only one side of the body and can include numbness, cramping or pain in areas at the bottom or top of the spine.