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What is spinal stenosis ?
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Dr. Myles Greenberg
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Myles Greenberg
Dr. Myles Greenberg
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Dr. Myles Greenberg
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Dr. Bikash Bose
Disc encroaching into the spinal canal can also cause spinal stenosis in addition to ligament and bony overgrowth.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Narrowing
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or "pinching" of the spinal canal.

In brief: Narrowing
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing or "pinching" of the spinal canal.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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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.

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

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. David Bozak
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
In brief: Narrowing...
It's a narrowing of the central canal that your spinal cord travels through.

In brief: Narrowing...
It's a narrowing of the central canal that your spinal cord travels through.
Dr. David Bozak
Dr. David Bozak
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