What is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a condition occurring when the spinal cord or nerves are compressed. This happens because spinal canal, the space where the spinal cord is, becomes narrower. When spinal stenosis occurs in the lower back. it is called lumbar stenosis. Another type of stenosis occurs in the neck, and this is called cervical stenosis.
Spinal stenosis can cause back pain, numbness and tingling in the legs. Sometimes the pain is worse when standing and lessens upon sitting. Other symptoms may include a heavy feeling in the legs, difficulty walking as well as a need to stoop forward when walking. In the case of cervical stenosis, neck pain, pain in the arms weakness of the hands, stiffness and weakness of the legs and difficulty with fine motor skills.