Spinal Stenosis Information
A condition that can occur at any age, spinal stenosis is most common in men and women over the age of 50. It is characterized by a narrowing of certain spaces in the spine, which can result in pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The narrowing may involve a small or large area of the spine.
Because spinal stenosis often affects the canals that contain nerves, this condition typically produces symptoms such as pain or numbness in the legs or shoulders.
(For more detailed information on this topic, including specific structures of the spine that are most commonly involved in the condition, click Spinal Stenosis.)