Centra Health: Spinal Stenosis

Health & Wellness NEWSLETTER

October 2019

HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE BACK PAIN RELIEF?

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 2.4million Americans will suffer from spinal stenosis by 2021. It is a silent epidemic that generally affects people aged 50 or older; however, it can also occur in younger adults who have a history of arthritis. Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the canals in your spine that are formed by the vertebrae. This narrowing can impinge on the nerves exiting your spine and/or the spinal cord itself. Symptoms can vary, but often include radiating pain in the back, buttocks and even legs. Furthermore, weakness and poor balance in the legs can often occur, making it difficult to tolerate walking long distances and prolonged standing. (continued inside)

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