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With aging, the discs in the spine degenerate and narrow. To repair this condition, the spine creates bone spurs and thickened ligaments—short bands that hold bones, cartilage and joints together. This process leads to gradual narrowing of the spinal canal.
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms:
Spinal stenosis can occur at any level of the spine; however, it is most common in the lumbar (lower) and cervical (upper) spine. Symptoms vary depending on the level of compression and the whether the stenosis is present in the lumbar or cervical spine. General symptoms include:
- Leg spasms
- Arm numbness
- Arm and leg weakness
- Arm pain
- Urinary and/or bowel incontinence
- Decrease in muscle mass
- Loss of sensation
- Increased and abnormal reflexes
Typically, spinal stenosis is diagnosed with an MRI, though a CT scan can be used for patients who cannot have an MRI.