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Date:4/30/2013

re the most common cause of spinal stenosis.

Of course, the narrowing of the spinal canal itself doesn’t produce symptoms, Dr. Liu says. “What causes problems is the inflammation of the spinal nerves that’s created when those structures start to put pressure on them.” Thus, because it doesn’t produce symptoms on its own, spinal stenosis can be present in someone who hasn’t experienced any back pain at all—yet.

But as it progresses, spinal stenosis almost always creates problems, which typically include pain, weakness, or numbness. The location of stenosis symptoms is directly related to the location of the stenosis: a narrowing of the openings in the cervical spine might produce symptoms in the upper back, neck, and arms, while stenosis in the lumbar region is likely to cause problems in the lower back and legs. In extreme cases, spinal stenosis can also create a loss of motor function in the legs and even loss of normal bowel and bladder function. Many people with stenosis-related pain find that the discomfort lessens when they bend forward or sit (or lie) down.

Latest (and best) spinal stenosis treatments
In many cases, the symptoms of spinal stenosis can be managed with noninvasive treatments such as physical therapy, modified exercises, and medications. But in cases that don’t improve after several weeks of such conservative treatments—the pain is severe and is seriously affecting the patient’s life—surgery may be the best option.

Today surgeons perform a few types of minimally invasive endoscopic spinal stenosis surgery, which allow them to remove the bone spur, disc, or other structure that’s causing the stenosis (and the symptoms). “In these procedures,” Dr. Liu says, “we can resolve the problem and relieve the patient’s pain without subjecting him or her
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