Who is at risk for developing spinal stenosis?

All of us are at risk for developing spinal stenosis. And typically most people do get narrowing of the spinal canal. But only those who have underlying congenital canal stenosis or born with it tend to become symptomatic. Symptoms would usually be, if it’s in their arms, they get numbness and tingling of the arms, or maybe difficulty with fine movements like writing. Or people who get it in their legs have difficulty walking or standing for a long period of time. The symptoms usually go away when they sit down and they become functionally impaired. They can’t go that far, they have to grab a shopping cart when they go to the supermarket or they just tend to feel better when sitting.

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Content Updated: September 28, 2015

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