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What is spinal stenosis?

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Spinal stenosis is when your spinal column narrows over time, putting pressure on your nerves. Your legs may feel numb and grow weaker.

From: Why Does My Lower Back Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Back Pain Guide.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Diseases and Conditions -- Low Back Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chronic Back Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Back Pain.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Backpack Safety.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 13, 2016

SOURCES:

National Health Service (U.K.): “Back Pain Guide.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Diseases and Conditions -- Low Back Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chronic Back Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Back Pain.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Backpack Safety.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 13, 2016

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