Spinal Stenosis is a common condition characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal, causing compression on the nerve roots and spinal cord. While it’s possible for spinal stenosis to occur without producing any symptoms, it commonly leads to pain, cramping, weakness or numbness, or in severe cases, bladder or bowel problems.
Spinal stenosis can be diagnosed through X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans and blood tests. Common treatments include physical therapy, medication, or, in severe cases, surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves. Regular exercise also can help relieve symptoms.