Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal column and/or spinal foramina shrink due to overgrowth of bony tissues or ligaments. Narrowing of these spaces is a common feature in people with arthritis.
When the overgrown tissues put significant pressure on nerves within the spine, they end up interfering with nerve signals to and from the lower parts of the body. This can lead to various medical issues including pain and numbness in the legs and back pain. It can also cause urinary incontinence and constipation.
Most cases of spinal stenosis occur in people aged 50 or older. This article looks at 10 causes of spinal stenosis.
Cause #1: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease characterized by the inflammation of joints. Caused by several factors, with some yet unknown, rheumatoid arthritis can limit a person’s movements, especially in the regions around the neck, arms, and legs.
The inflammation is accompanied by severe pain and stiffness of the affected joints. Structurally, this inflammation can cause the spinal canal to constrict leading to compression of the nerves. This leads to nerve dysfunction besides limiting movement. It can also cause the affected person to lose control of the urge to pass urine. These symptoms require prompt medical attention to prevent further damage and restore or improve mobility.