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what is spinal stenosis ?

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Dr. Myles Greenberg
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
Spinal narrowing: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal (which contains the spinal cord and nerves) caused by enlargement of the surrounding ligaments and bones. This enlargement creates pressure on the nerves and/or spinal cord and their blood supply resulting usually in back and/or leg pain, especially when the patient is walking upright. The condition usually occurs in older people.
Answered on Sep 9, 2017
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Dr. Bikash Bose
Dr. Bikash Bose commented
44 years experience Neurosurgery
Disc encroaching into the spinal canal can also cause spinal stenosis in addition to ligament and bony overgrowth.
May 28, 2014
Dr. Myles Greenberg
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
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For a new, less invasive procedure (the MILD procedure) for certain patients with spinal stenosis check out this website: http://www.mildprocedure.com
Feb 3, 2012
Dr. David Bozak
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Narrowing...: It's a narrowing of the central canal that your spinal cord travels through.
Answered on Mar 3, 2014
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Too small a canal: Spinal stenosis is a spinal canal too small for its nerve tissue contents. This can be on a congenital basis or an acquired basis due to age related degenerative changes or even result from disc issues or from spinal deformities or instabilities or even from spinal fractures or possibly from prior spine surgery. This last reason is not fully conclusive.
Answered on Mar 3, 2014
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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.
Answered on Dec 22, 2014
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Most are treated non operatively with about 15% of cases truly indicated for surgery. 20% of the population by age 60 has imaging evidence of this condition by CT or MRI but remain asymptomatic with those that have symptoms usually responding to non op care. This disease is an age relatd process taking years to develop so most people accomadate or adapt to any symptoms.
Dec 22, 2014
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Narrowing: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or "pinching" of the spinal canal.
Answered on Jun 2, 2017

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