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can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

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Dr. Paul Driscoll
40 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Spinal stenosis is a condition where arthritic changes in the spine cause narrowing of the spinal canal and outflow tracts of the spinal nerves. With time, continuing pressure on the nerves or spinal cord can cause pemanent damage. However, many cases of spinal stenosis can be successfully treated with medications, injections, or surgery.
Answered on Mar 31, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: Spinal stenosis has several causes. Most people have no or minimal aymptoms and rarely findings of any neurologic deficits. When deficits are present, they can become permanent even if pressure removed if they were compressed too long or it was too severe a compression or there are underlying issues like diabetes that make the nerves more susceptible to damage.
Answered on Aug 29, 2019
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Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Left alone, you can develop weakness, pain and or numbness. Decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) can help.
Answered on May 9, 2016
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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Spinal stenosis.: Spinal stenosis in a condition wherein tissue grows around the spinal cord, causing gradual compression and pain. It's progressive and unrelenting. Unfortunately leading to debility and pain. Surgical options are available which may help, but left alone it'll cause progressive limitations. The rate of progression is unpredictable and the damage is usually permanent.
Answered on Aug 29, 2019
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