Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows, compressing or “squeezing” the spinal cord and nerves inside. (“Stenosis” means “narrowing” in Greek.) Most commonly, the narrowing occurs in the lower back, which is called “lumbar spinal stenosis.” (When it occurs in the neck, it’s called “cervical spinal stenosis.”) Pain exists, however, only […]
What is spinal stenosis? Your spine consists of 26 bones in your back that protect your spinal cord and enable you to stand straight and bend over. Spinal stenosis is when the spine is narrowed, pressuring the spinal cord and nerves and causing often intense back pain, neck pain, and pain running down the leg. Causes […]
Spinal stenosis is the formal name for a narrowing of the spinal canal. While spinal stenosis can develop in the thoracic, or mid-back, it most commonly occurs in either the lumbar (lower back) or cervical (neck and upper back) regions of the spine.