- Spinal stenosis
- What causes spinal stenosis?
- Location and types of spinal stenosis
- How does spinal stenosis affect the body?
- Who is at higher risk of developing spinal stenosis?
- How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for spinal stenosis?
- Coping with spinal stenosis
- What is the outlook for someone with spinal stenosis?
Who is at higher risk of developing spinal stenosis?
Although the natural aging process (after 50 years of age) and degenerative factors are some of the primary reasons for the onset of spinal stenosis, not everyone will develop the condition as they get older.
There are certain factors which may increase risk for the condition. These can include:
- A history of injury to the spine
- Previous lower back surgery (even if successful)
- Arthritis (affecting the spine and damaging the joints)
- Bone diseases such as Paget’s disease or ankylosing spondylitis (which soften spinal bones and cause calcium deposits)
- Congenital spine conditions, such as spondylolysis
- Spinal problems such as a narrow spinal canal or scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
- Genetic disorders of the limb bones (growth abnormalities), such as achondroplastic dwarfism
- Degenerative disc disease
- Heavy labourers and athletes who subject their bodies and backs to greater demands
- Poor posture and body mechanics
- Smoking habits