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Can spinal stenosis cause permanent damage?

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Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

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

In brief: Yes

Left alone, you can develop weakness, pain and or numbness.
Decompressive laminectomy (unroofing of the spinal canal) can help.
Dr. Chaim Colen
Dr. Chaim Colen
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Dr. Paul Driscoll
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Driscoll
Dr. Paul Driscoll
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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