Spinal nerves travel throughout the spinal canal, and exit through many openings to connect to the rest of the body. In some cases, one or more of these spaces may be too narrow. If the space is too narrow and causes the nerves difficulty exiting the spinal canal, they may become compressed and cause you pain.
Spinal Stenosis occurs in the neck and lower back most often. There are several reasons one might suffer from this condition, including:
- Bone spurs as a result of osteoarthritis
- Thickening of spinal ligaments
- Herniated disc or other injury
- Simply born with a smaller spinal canal