Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces between the bones in the spine (vertebrae) that results in pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots and can cause back pain. Lumbar stenosis can occur in the small curve of the lower back.
Spinal stenosis most often results from a gradual, degenerative aging process. Either structural changes or inflammation can begin the process.
The space within the spinal canal may narrow without producing symptoms. Some symptoms may include:
Your doctor may use a variety of approaches to diagnose spinal stenosis and rule out other conditions prior to treatment.
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