October 26, 2016

Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal or foramen, the opening through which nerve roots pass, allowing bones to wear against each other. The narrowing places pressure on the nerve roots and spinal cord, often resulting in pain, weakness, and numbness. Stenosis is often caused by degen­erative changes that results from osteoarthritis. Non-surgical treatments can include modifying activities to reduce stress on the spine, physical therapy, medications, injections to reduce pain and inflammation, or wearing a brace. In severe cases or those that are progressively worsening, surgery may be performed to correct the condition.