Spinal Stenosis

What is it?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. It can be caused by several problems, including overgrowth of bone or other tissue or by a herniated disc. When the spinal canal gets too narrow, it can squeeze and irritate your spinal cord or nearby nerve roots.

Why do I have it?

The most common cause of lumbar spinal stenosis is degenerative arthritis and degenerative disc disease. As with other joints in the body, arthritis commonly occurs in the spine as part of the normal aging process and as a result of osteoarthritis.

When does it hurt?

The pain usually is worse when you are active and gets better when you are resting. Coughing, sneezing, sitting, driving, and bending forward may make the pain worse. The pain gets worse when you make these movements because there is more pressure on the nerve.

The Bracing Experts Advice:

Three words: Posture. Posture. Posture. Knowing the location of the stenosis is really important. This can help us fit you with a brace that will best align your spine in order to allow as much room for the spinal cord as possible.

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