Spinal stenosis is a condition in the spine which refers to narrowing of the spinal canal. This is a common condition we see in our office. In fact, it affects not only young patients but also old patients.
The most common causes of spinal stenosis are degenerative changes in the spine such as arthritis and/or herniated or bulging discs.
In mentioning that we do see this in younger patients is normally due to large herniated discs or due to congenital spinal abnormalities that arise from birth such as short reticules. This causes a natural narrowing of the spinal canal without defects such as herniated discs, bulging discs, or arthritis. So while it can be seen in younger patients it’s often seen in older patients.
Patients are always looking for a cure for all types of spinal diseases, not only spinal stenosis but also herniated discs or bulging discs. I would say firmly there is no “cure” for any of these conditions, more as ways to manage these conditions.
Even with surgery, it doesn’t necessarily cure you due to problems that ensure even after the surgery at times. But, we do have effective ways of managing spinal stenosis, depending on severity. There are cases in where spinal stenosis is so severe that we do consider surgical intervention. However, we take these on a case by case basis.