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What are the leading causes of spinal stenosis?

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The leading reason for spinal stenosis is arthritis, a condition caused by the breakdown of cartilage -- the cushiony material between your bones -- and the growth of bone tissue.

Other causes include:

  • Herniated discs which leak material that presses on your spinal cord or nerves.
  • Injuries that fracture or inflame part of your spine.
  • Tumors that touch your spinal cord.
  • Paget’s disease, which causes your bones grow abnormally large and brittle. The result is a narrowing of the spinal canal and nerve problems
  • Some people are born with spinal stenosis or diseases that lead to it. For them, the condition usually starts to cause problems between the ages of 30 and 50.

From: Cervical Spinal Stenosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public,” “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” “Spine Basics,” “Effects of Aging,” “About Us.”

Neuroscience Online, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston: “Chapter 3: Anatomy of the Spinal Cord.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis,” “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Mayo Clinic: “Spinal stenosis,” “CT scan.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis.”

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “What is a Physiatrist?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public,” “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” “Spine Basics,” “Effects of Aging,” “About Us.”

Neuroscience Online, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston: “Chapter 3: Anatomy of the Spinal Cord.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis,” “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Mayo Clinic: “Spinal stenosis,” “CT scan.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis.”

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “What is a Physiatrist?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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