The spinal cord runs through the spinal column, a segment of bones called vertebrae that give strength, support, and stability to the upper body. Spinal nerves go through openings in the vertebrae and conduct signals from the brain to the rest of the body.
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal column narrows and starts compressing the spinal cord. This process is typically gradual. If the narrowing of the spinal column is minimal, no major symptoms will be seen. Too much narrowing can compress the nerves resulting in pain, tingling, muscle weakness, and numbness. The symptoms increase after walking a certain distance and is called claudication distance. It is important to differentiate between vascular claudication i.e. claudication due to damage to arteries of lower limbs and claudication due to spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis can be (based on which part is effected more):
Symptoms typically progress over time as spinal nerve becomes more and more compressed. People might experience:
Spinal stenosis occurs when open space between the spinal canal becomes narrow. There are many reasons for Spinal Stenosis. The common reason is arthritis.
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