Spinal Stenosis (cont.)
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The symptoms of spinal stenosis depend on where the stenosis occurs in the spinal canal and how severe it is.
Symptoms caused by compression of the spinal cord are called myelopathy. These can include:
Symptoms caused by compression of the nerves are called radiculopathy. These can include:
When stenosis develops in the neck (cervical spine stenosis) there can be compression of the spinal cord and the nerves that travel into the arms and hands. This can cause symptoms of:
When the stenosis develops in the lower back (lumbar spine stenosis) there is compression of the nerves that travel into the legs and feet. This can cause:
These symptoms are sometimes referred to as pseudoclaudication as they mimic the symptoms of inadequate circulation to the legs that is referred to as claudication.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/6/2014
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