Re: What Exactly is Stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis, particularly lumbar,is a degenerative narrowing of the spinal canal,as you know,but also of the nerve root canals and/or intervertebral foramina.It is caused by bone and/or ligament hypertrophy in local,segmental or generalized regions.
The narrowing results in compression of spinal nerves and nerve roots,causing a constellation of symptoms,including lower back pain,neurogenic claudication and lower extremity pain.
The definition is this, There are many forms of lumbar spine stenosis,The most common is degenerative stenosis,occuring in virtually the entire adult population as a result of the natural process of aging.
Hope this helps,
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Had C6 Vertebrectomy,ACDF with Decompression,Titanium Plate and Screws (MRI Compatible) 7th Aug 2002
Own bone from (R) Iliac Crest.