Can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

Yes. Left alone, you can develop weakness, pain and or numbness. Decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) can help.
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.
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.
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.

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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...
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. Read more...

What causes spinal stenosis?

You can't. The size of the canal is inherited. The secondary degenerative leading to further narrowing is also linked to genetics. You may be able to reduce this by healthy living (regular exercise, no tobacco use, etc), but overall you have little influence on this condition. Read more...
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...
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. Read more...
Degeneration. The most common type is caused by a gradual, progressive arthritic process in the spine. Read more...

Can spinal stenosis cause calf pains in the legs?

Yes. Spinal stenosis typically manifests as leg pain mostly when walking. However, clogged blood vessels can cause the same symptom. To know the difference, you need to get an MRI and have a doctor examine the blood vessels of your legs. Read more...
Yes. Calf pain is a common symptom in spinal stenosis. It usually will occur with standing and walking and will be relieved by sitting. Calf pain can occur due to other conditions however, most notibly circulation problems in the legs. Your doctor should be able to help you sort this out as to the cause and appropriate treatment. Read more...
Yes. It can but so can other issues that may coexist such as peripheral vascular disease and spinal stenosis-- both capable of producing calf pains or claudication with walkng but standing in place to rest will clear up the pain if vascular while if due to stenosis , it will not help and one has to bend over or sit to open up the spinal canal which remains narrowed while standing. T. Read more...