Medically speaking, stenosis means the narrowing of a body channel. When coupled with the word “spinal” what we’re talking about here is the narrowing of the bone channel where your spinal nerves, or spinal cord, resides.
Some people are born with this affliction. However, a majority of people who suffer from spinal stenosis develop it over time.
It’s not uncommon for patients not to feel any ill effects due to the narrowing for some time. However, as we age, the effects of spinal stenosis become more pronounced and, often times, unbearable.
Radiating pain. Weakness. Numbness. Limited walking due to pain.
There are just some of the effects of spinal stenosis. And while the narrowing can occur at different parts of the spine, which we’ll discuss in a moment, the symptoms of this nerve compression are typically similar.
That’s why the specialists here at Southern Pain and Neurological can, and will, perform specific testing to determine the cause, and location, of the narrowing.