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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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What causes spinal stenosis?

What causes spinal stenosis?

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. ...Read more

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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What causes spinal stenosis?

What causes  spinal stenosis?

Born with or develop: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal leading to compression of nerve tissue. You can be born with it or you can develop it with age related or degenerative changes or acquire it through deformities/instabilities or with disc herniations, synovial cysts or after some spine fractures. ...Read more

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Sciatica caused by narrowing of spinal column treatment?

Sciatica caused by narrowing of spinal column treatment?

Spinal stenosis: Develop an exercise regimen to include walking for 15 min on flat surface, stretching , learning muscle toning isometrics for the paraspinous muscles and abdominal muscles, . Short course on non steroidal antinflamatories, slow but steady weight reduction . ...Read more

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What is lumbar spinal stenosis?

What is lumbar spinal stenosis?

Narrow spinal canal : There is a canal surrounded by a membrane that goes through the middle of the vertebrae. The spinal cord sits inside the canal surrounded by fluid. If a disc is bulging or ruptured/herniated toward the rear, this may cause pressure on the canal and it is narrowed. This may put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves within the canal causing local pain or neurologic symptoms from nerve compression. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Yes: Technically, spinal stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the nerve canal and a disc herniation can definitely cause narrowing of the canal. ...Read more

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How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

How does central lumbar canal stenosis differ from spinal stenosis?

Specific vs general: Spinal stenosis is not specific to region (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar). Spinal stenosis of lumbar spine is lumbar spinal stenosis. Central stenosis means the dural sac is compressed. This is as opposed to foraminal or lateral stenosis which usually affects the nerve roots. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What causes lumbar bulging discs?

Very common: Bulging disc does not necessarily mean herniation or compression/impingement of nerve and thus often no pain. It is rather common, more as we get older. Excessive force on the spine colum, often because of excessive wt, trauma etc..Causes the discs to bulge out. Aging weakens the tissues and thus increases risk of bulging and possible herniation. Stay lean/healthy reduces risk. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is spinal stenosis symptom different from herniated disc symptoms?

Typical spinal : Stenosis symptoms in the lumbar spine are pains radiating to the leg(s) with progressive standing and walking relieved by bending over or sitting while a disc herniation causes pain into the leg(s) worse with sitting and bending and usually better standing or walking. Both feel better typically lying down. Obviously, there are variables based on several factors in terms of symptom presentation. ...Read more

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What would cause cervical spondylosis, central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

What would cause cervical spondylosis,  central canal stenosis, disc osteophyte complexes, mild cord impingement, cervical straightening in 43 y/o?

Age: These are all common findings that can be found on cervical MRI in patients over 40. Usually related to aging and the natural degenerative process. Genetics and lifestyle also contribute to these changes. ...Read more

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Difference between herniated discs, nerve compression, radiculopathy, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylosis and osteoarthritis. I get various diagnosis?

Difference between herniated discs, nerve compression, radiculopathy, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylosis and osteoarthritis. I get various diagnosis?

It may be that you : Have them all as everyone ages so by 49 as a male, there are degenerative or arthritis changes in the spine termed spondylosis. By age 60, 20% have some narrowing or stenosis of the spinal canal. Disc herniation can lead to it too all resulting in nerve compression which can cause arm/leg symptoms termed a radiculopathy or in leg also known as a sciatica. ...Read more

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MRI of my Cervical Spine There is disc degenerative changes with associated impingement of the thecal sac , exit neuroforaminal encroachment.



MRI of my Cervical Spine 
There is disc degenerative changes with associated impingement of the thecal sac , exit neuroforaminal encroachment.

MRI result?: So- what does this mean? It is common for MRI of the c-spine to show degenerative changes. Impingement of the thecal sac is not normally concerning. It is unclear what is meant by "exit neuroforaminal encroachment". Was there encroachment or not? If it is there, this normally means nerve root encroachment, which can cause symptoms that affect the arms. ...Read more

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Should severe multilevel neural foraminal narrowing of the cervical spine and stenosis be concern for paralysis?

Should severe multilevel neural foraminal narrowing of the cervical spine and stenosis be concern for paralysis?

Usually not quick: Unless neck is injured, the quick paralysis does not occur but a gradually progressive paralysis does occur which a neurologist or astute clinician can detect. It can be fixed by surgery and further progression will stop. ...Read more

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How are spinal stenosis and stenosis of the foramen different?

Holes in vertebrae: Usually spinal stenosis is referring to narrowing of the large canal in the vertebrae that the spinal cord travels through, while foraminal stenosis refers to a narrowing of one of the smaller canals between the vertebrae through which nerves leave from the spinal cord and go to your limbs or trunk. ...Read more

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Is lumbar spinal stenosis curable?

Surgery: Spinal stenosis is the condition where the canal which the nerves and spinal cord travels gets narrow. This can be congenital or progressive due to arthritis. Rare causes for stenosis are infection and tumor. To cure it you need surgery. But if you have stenosis due to arthritis it can be treated with medications, therapy and injections. If those don't work, surgery may be the best option. ...Read more

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Is lumbar spinal stenosis curable?

Is lumbar spinal stenosis curable?

Somewhat: There are a multitude of treatments for spinal stenosis which to some extent can "cure" the symptoms of spinal stenosis to variable degrees. For example, an epidural steroid injection can sometimes cure the symptoms of spinal stenosis for a long time, sometimes well over a year at a time. But with any treatment, the symptoms can return, even if surgery is done symptoms can return. ...Read more

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Could spinal stenosis in lumbar spine cause bluish color feet?

Could spinal stenosis in lumbar spine cause bluish color feet?

No: The symptoms of spinal stenosis can sometimes mimic those of vascular disease (clogging of blood vessels). I would see your doctor and get this checked out right away. Patients with vascular disease in the legs may also have it in the heart (leading to the potential for a heart attack)>. ...Read more

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Please explain.Spinal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis, inferior cervical spine due to posteriordisc osteophyten complex formation, uncovertebral?

Cervical narrowing: Age appropriate changes of a settling cervical spine causing bone spurs and crowding of nerves in neck may cause arm pain and numbess in fingers small and ring with or without neck pain. ...Read more

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What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

What is neural forminal hypertrophic vhanges of the ligamentum flavum bilataterally bulging of intervertebral disc and facet arthropathy?

Anatomy: Not enough space here to write. If you google these things, you will find nice pictures to explain it all. Foramen is the "hole" in the bone where your nerve roots exit. Facets are the joints that hold vertebrae together. Ligamentum flavum is a ligament within the bones that runs down the spinal canal. All of these problems you mention can lead to back pain and nerve related pain. ...Read more

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Stenosis (Definition)

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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A condition that occurs when nerves in the spine may be compressed by the narrowing of the holes in bones that ...Read more