What Causes Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal either in the lumbar (lower back) thoracic (mid back) or cervical (neck) regions of the spine. This narrowing causes compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots and drives the negative symptoms associated with the condition. Stenosis of the spine often leads to chronic neck and back pain causing severe consequences for patients suffering from the condition.

Patients who suffer from spinal stenosis can be separated into those who inherit the condition, and those who have acquired it over time.

causes of spinal stenosis

Inherited Spinal Stenosis

Patients who have inherited spinal stenosis are often born with a spinal canal that is narrower than the average person’s, and often experience the negative effects of the condition earlier in life.

Acquired Spinal Stenosis

Most patients seeking treatment for spinal stenosis suffer from the acquired version of the condition, as the narrowing of the spinal canal is a natural part of the aging process. Degeneration of the cartilage that provides a cushion for spinal joints exposes bone to friction, and may result in bone spurs. As this bone on bone friction continues, the symptoms of spinal stenosis become more pronounced and the condition worsens. Degeneration also can lead to bulging or herniated discs, which put pressure on the spinal nerves.

In addition to the aging process, spinal stenosis is often induced by trauma to the back or neck that causes damage to the anatomy of the spine.

In general the following may cause compression of the spinal nerve roots or spinal cord and result in spinal stenosis:

All Spinal stenosis causes share the onset of osteoarthritis later in life.

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The Bonati Spine Institute encourages patients with spinal stenosis to contact us to request a no-obligation MRI review or discuss your conditions with our medical professionals. Find out why The Bonati Spine Procedures are considered to be among the world’s best solutions when it comes to advanced spine surgery. Your pain from spinal stenosis can become a thing of the past.