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I need a straight answer. what is back spinal stenosis?

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Ligament hypertrophy: The ligamentum flavum runs along the back of the spinal canal; with time and degenerative damage (felt to be relatively the same mechanism of disease as osteoarthritis), this ligament gets thicker and presses in on the spinal cord. Due to the nature of the disease, however, it is relatively slowly progressive, and often responds to physical therapy and pain medications as needed.

Answered 4/4/2016

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OK: A narrowing of the spinal or vertebral column. Your backbone. The space of bone containing and protecting your spinal nervous system. Serious; please speak with your doctor.

Answered 5/11/2016

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Common problem: Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common problem especially for those older than 50. It can be managed conservatively in many patients for years. If surgery becomes necessary, it can be planned on an elective basis. Check out spine-health.Com.

Answered 5/28/2014

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The vertebrae: Or bones in the back have narrowed in the center where the nerves from the spinal cord run through.

Answered 5/19/2014

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Narrowing: Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, usually by chronic, degenerative conditions such as degenerative disc disease and arthritis. Stenosis in the lumbar spine causes compression of the nerve roots in the spinal canal which leads to pain in the legs with walking that gets better with rest. Stenosis in the neck causes compression of the spinal cord and can be much more serious.

Answered 5/28/2014

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A narrow canal: Spinal stenosis is simply a narrow canal. You can be born with it or acquire it through arthritis of the spine. Often, if the canal is narrow enough, symptoms develop. The most common symptom is back pain or leg pain that occurs when standing or walking and is relieved by sitting. Spinal stenosis can occur without symptoms, however. Spinal stenosis can also occur in the neck.

Answered 6/11/2015

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Dr. Shon Cook answered

Narrowing: Stenosis is just another word for narrowing. Lumbar stenosis means the canal that the nerves to your legs goes through is narrow. That only matters if it is narrowed enough to compress the nerves. If the nerves are not compressed, then the stenosis is irrelevant. If the nerves are compressed, and your legs go to sleep and hurt when you stand or walk, then surgery will decompress the nerves.

Answered 5/30/2014

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