Spinal stenosis refers to a choking or compression of the spinal nerve roots or the spinal cord. There are two types of stenosis: lumbar stenosis and cervical stenosis. In both cases, you will experience symptoms relating to the nerves found in the spinal cord. Because most of your nerves travel through this part of the body, symptoms can be wide-ranging and affect different parts of the body.
The most common symptom of spinal stenosis is a pain in the leg while walking. Medically, this is known as pseudoclaudication. Such pain usually progresses over time and is relieved as soon as you sit down. Because of increased pain, affected individuals will often experience a diminished level of physical activity. Depending on the type of spinal stenosis that you have, your pain may be more or less significant. Physical therapy and specific changes in posture may aid in reducing the extent of the pain. For example, leaning forward or sleeping in certain positions may be helpful in treating spinal stenosis.
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