Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal canal is located within the backbone. It is 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. This causes pain and other symptoms. Stenosis can occur anywhere along the spinal cord. It is most common in the low back (lumbar) region.
—a test that uses radiation to take pictures of structures inside the body; in this case, to check for abnormalities in the bones of the back including osteoarthritis, bone spurs, and obvious narrowing of the spinal canal
—a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the bony architecture of the back, which helps to evaluate the spinal canal
—a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of soft tissue, such as the spinal cord and the spinal nerves inside the back
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (
)—to relieve pain and inflammation
Special exercises can help stabilize the spinal cord. Exercise can increase muscle endurance and mobility of the spine. This can relieve some pain. Exercises are often ineffective against spinal stenosis.
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