spinal stenosis usually starts gradually and gets worse over a long period of
time. Narrowing of the spinal canal can squeeze and irritate the
nerve roots that branch
out from the spinal cord. This is what causes pain and other symptoms.
The course of spinal stenosis varies—it may stay
the same, get better, or get worse.
Severe disability isn't common. But
when symptoms are very bad, they can keep you from doing your normal daily
activities. They can have a big effect your quality of life. If symptoms are
still severe after you have tried other treatment for a while, surgery may be
Surgery may be too risky for some older adults who have
other serious health problems.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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