Conditions and Treatments

Spinal Arthritis & Spinal Stenosis

What Is Arthritis/Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the space for the spinal cord or nerve branches. More specifically, as the spine degenerates over time, it can lead to the formation of bone spurs. As the bone spurs form, the size of the spinal canal (boney tunnel transmitting to the spinal nerves) becomes smaller. The bone spurs press on the spinal cord or the nerve roots, often causing pain. This degenerative condition is most common in the upper spine (neck) region or in the lower spine (lumbar) region. It is also associated with spondlylolisthesis (vertebra that slips forward and is not in line with the others) and scoliosis (crooked spine) More than 1.2 million Americans suffer back pain stemming from spinal stenosis, with men and women being affected equally. Women, however, are more likely to have symptoms that require treatment. Arthritis is the most common cause of spinal stenosis. While spinal stenosis can affect younger patients, it is most common in those 60 and older.

What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Arthritis & Spinal Stenosis?

What Are the Causes of Spinal Arthritis/Spinal Stenosis?

What Are the Treatments for Spinal Arthritis/Spinal Stenosis?

Non-surgical Treatment
Surgery to Treat Lumbar Herniated Disc