Bone Spurs and Spinal Stenosis

osteophytes spinal stenosisBack pain, neck pain, and radicular pain may be connected to bone spurs and spinal stenosis as these bony growths (osteophytes) can cause compression of nerves and blood vessels in the spine and alter mobility.  In some cases the bone spurs may grow as part of an effort by the body to actually relieve back pain and provide stability to the spine should it have become compromised.  Continue reading “Bone Spurs and Spinal Stenosis” »

Herniated Disc Spinal Stenosis

A common consequence of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in the spinal canal which can cause back pain, sciatica, and other radicular pain throughout the body.  The intervertebral discs which lie between each level of the spine are formed from a soft gelatinous material inside (the nucleus pulposus) and a fibrous outer shell to keep the shape of the disc.  Continue reading “Herniated Disc Spinal Stenosis” »