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Spinal Stenosis Causes

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, and it can be present at any level of the spine. While lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common, it can also be present as thoracic or cervical spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis causes a variety of symptoms such as pain in the thigh, buttocks, and calf. Increasing leg weakness and bowel and bladder control may also be a result of spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis is often associated with the aging process, as the ligaments begin to calcify and bone spurs form. These intrusions into the spinal canal can cause pressure on the nerve roots by limiting the amount of space in the spinal column. The nerve compression often causes pain, tingling, and numbness in the extremities.

Surgical Intervention for Spinal Stenosis Causes
Spinal stenosis can be congenital (birth defect) or a result of Paget's disease or other bone tissue disorders. When any disease process reaches the point of causing nerve root inflammation or irritation, the results can become intolerable. Accurate diagnostics must be done by a back specialist to determine the precise location of the involved disc or discs. Since spinal stenosis causes symptoms that can also be related to other conditions, an EMG, MRI, X-ray, or CT scan may be used for determining the appropriate plan of action.

At The Bonati Institute, the surgeons will evaluate your recent MRI and send a written report of findings. If surgery is indicated, you'll be given the opportunity to learn about the latest endoscopic and arthroscopic laser approach to spinal stenosis treatment. All procedures at The Bonati Institute are performed in its ambulatory center as outpatient surgeries.

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