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what causes spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Katharine Garnier
32 years experience Family Medicine
Several things: Spinal stenosis can be congenital but is also acquired with aging, or trauma, by either arthritis, herniated discs or even vertebral collapse as people age, which can result in vertebra slipping across each other which can cause stenosis too. It is important to see a neurosurgeon for evaluation, or a orthopedist who specializes in the spine, for full evaluation and treatment, surgery is an option.
Answered on Aug 29, 2019
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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
22 years experience Neurology
Many: Some are born with. Some get herniated disk, spondylosis, tumor etc.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Several causes: People are born with either a small, medium or large spinal canal. Spinal stenosis is when the canal is too narrow fornerve tissue resultting in its compression. Everyone's canal narrows with time due to degeneration. By age 60, 20% have imaging finding of stenosis but not necessarily symptoms. Other causes are: congenital v acquired due to - fracture, herniation, tumor, fat, instability.
Answered on Oct 8, 2017
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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Degeneration: It is typically a degenerative, arthritic process in the spine.
Answered on Jun 2, 2017

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