Dr. Matthew Chong discusses causes and symptoms of spinal stenosis, along with preventative methods

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of spaces in the spine (backbone) which causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal stenosis is a common ailment and about 75% of cases of spinal stenosis occur in the low back (lumbar spine). The vast majority of spinal stenosis cases are related to the degenerative and arthritic changes. Such cases are most common in the elderly population.

Preventative methods such as conservative therapy and physical therapy can help with spinal stenosis. Exercising, twisting and stretching can minimize episodes of things like sciatic and spinal stenosis later down the road. It is advised to build core strength, back muscle and maintain good posture when we sit, stand or walk to help prevent the condition.

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