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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is spinal canal stenosis?

Narrowing of the canal surrounding the nerves. It can be caused by normal wear and tear of the spine or by a previous injury to the region.

Symptoms of spinal canal stenosis

  • Pain alleviated by sitting or forward flexion of back

  • Tingling or pricking numbness or pain in the legs that improves after a period of rest

  • Pain across the entire body

  • Numbness in the region from shoulder to elbow

  • Low back pain

  • Hands and feet are cold

  • Numbness anywhere from the elbow to the wrist

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

Questions your doctor may ask to check for spinal canal stenosis

  • Are you able to exercise again after your pain and numbness improve with rest?

  • Do you have body-wide pain?

  • Do you have numbness from shoulder to elbow?

  • Do you have lower back pain?

  • Are your hands and feet cold?

Treatment for spinal canal stenosis

Initial treatment involves physical therapy to strengthen and improve posture. Anti-inflammatory medicines can also be given through pills or injections. In severe cases, surgery can help stabilize the segment, free the spinal nerves, and relieve symptoms.

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References

  • Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: Definition, Natural History, Conservative Management, and Surgical Treatment

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31078230/#:~:text=These%20options%20may%20include%20physical,alone%20or%20decompression%20and%20fusion.

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Ziev Moses, MD

Ziev Moses, MD (Neurosurgery)

Dr. Moses is a board-certified neurosurgeon and assistant professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.

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Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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