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What is the relationship between spinal stenosis and rheumatoid arthritis?

By Anonymous January 21, 2011 - 4:22pm
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Anon - Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which is located within the backbone. It's a small space that holds the nerve roots and spinal cord. If this space becomes smaller, it can squeeze the nerves and the spinal cord, causing pain and other symptoms. Stenosis can occur anywhere along the spinal cord but is most common in the low back (lumbar) region.

Some people are born with narrowed canals. Most often stenosis is a result of aging, but it can also be caused by medical conditions.

Two forms of arthritis that can affect the spine and cause stenosis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

For more information please visit our spinal stenosis section: http://www.empowher.com/condition/spinal-stenosis

January 21, 2011 - 6:12pm
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