Your spine is a row of twenty-six bones in your back. The spine protects your spinal cord from injury. When someone has spinal stenosis, the spine is narrowed in one or more of three parts: the space at the center of the spine, the canals where nerves branch out from the spine or the space between the vertebrae. When the spine is narrowed, it causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, which is what causes the pain. Spinal stenosis is most common in people over 50 years old. It is mostly caused by changes in the spine caused by wear and tear related to aging. Some other causes for spinal stenosis are arthritis, heredity, tumors or trauma.
The most common symptoms of Spinal Stenosis are:
• Numbness, weakness or pain in arm or legs
• Burning or cramping in thighs or calves after periods of standing or walking
• Feeling like your legs are going to "give out"
• Low back pain
• Foot problems
• Pain in back or neck
• Pain shooting down leg
• Frequent falling
• The above symptoms are resolved with sitting or laying
If you believe you may be suffering from spinal stenosis or another injury or have questions call Algonquin Chiropractic Center today.