Spinal Stenosis Treatment
A Cause of Pain in the Leg
The term stenosis means narrowing of an opening. Spinal stenosis refers to narrowing of the spinal canal or the neural foramen through which the nerves leave the spine. Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the nerves in the lumbar spine are compressed (“pinched”), usually due to a combination of overgrowth of bone and thickening of ligaments. This is often part of the aging process.
The nerves can be pressed upon as they pass down through the center of the lumbar spine or cervical spine, a condition known as the central stenosis. They may be pressed upon on the side gutters of the spine in cases of lateral recess stenosis. Foraminal stenosis is a condition in which the nerves are pinched as they leave the spinal canal.