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

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. J. Alex Thomas
Neurosurgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. J. Alex Thomas
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Paul Grin
Great explanation. Thank you Dr. Kevin Vaught for sharing.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Narrowing

Narrowing of spine tunnels in spine where nerves pass nerves get squeezed and then legs hurt where nerves go in low back stenosis is a fancy word for narrowing likei n coronary artery stenosis heart disease narrow heart vessels this is narrow nerve passages in spine.

In brief: Narrowing

Narrowing of spine tunnels in spine where nerves pass nerves get squeezed and then legs hurt where nerves go in low back stenosis is a fancy word for narrowing likei n coronary artery stenosis heart disease narrow heart vessels this is narrow nerve passages in spine.
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Narrowing

Narrowing of spine tunnels in spine where nerves pass nerves get squeezed and then legs hurt where nerves go in low back stenosis is a fancy word for narrowing likei n coronary artery stenosis heart disease narrow heart vessels this is narrow nerve passages in spine.

In brief: Narrowing

Narrowing of spine tunnels in spine where nerves pass nerves get squeezed and then legs hurt where nerves go in low back stenosis is a fancy word for narrowing likei n coronary artery stenosis heart disease narrow heart vessels this is narrow nerve passages in spine.
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Shon Cook
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Shon Cook
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Dr. Andrew Seibert
This picture is of an esophageal stenosis, not a spinal stenosis, but the idea is the same.
Dr. Patrick Roth
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The vertebrae

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

In brief: The vertebrae

Or bones in the back have narrowed in the center where the nerves from the spinal cord run through.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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