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What is spinal stenosis?
Spinal Stenosis, often times referred to as lumbar spinal stenosis, cervical stenosis or spinal narrowing, is the narrowing of the spinal cavity occupied by the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Some people are born with abnormally small spinal cavities, but the overwhelming majority of cases occur as part of aging and the natural degeneration of the body.
Types of Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common form of spinal stenosis and most often occurs in the L4-5 and L3-L4 levels of the spine. In this condition, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back become compressed and can produce symptoms akin to sciatica Those with lumbar stenosis can also experience symptoms of vascular insufficiency including leg pain with walking, relief of symptoms upon sitting, and an increased tolerance to pain while leaning forward and walking such as resting your shoulders on a shopping cart or leaning forward on a walker or cane.
Cervical spinal stenosis is characterized by serious neck pain. This type of stenosis can unfortunately cause the compression of the spinal cord, which can lead to paralysis or extreme weakness. Anyone with this condition who develops signs of spinal cord compression usually receive surgery.
Thoracic spinal stenosis can occur, but is rare. The thoracic spine includes vertebrae mainly attached to the rib cage meaning that they are the least motive vertebrae. Due to this strength and lack of movement, a degenerative stenosis is least likely to occur in this area.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
While many with spinal stenosis experience little or no symptoms, others may experience symptoms such as:
- Burning pain in the buttocks or in one or both legs (Sciatica).
- A tingling of numbness in the legs or buttocks.
- Weakness in the legs – weakness can occur in the legs and some can experience a heaviness in their feet feeling that their foot slaps onto the ground as they walk.
- Reduction in pain associated with leaning forward of sitting.
How RelaxoBak Products Can Help
Depending on the symptoms and severity of your spinal stenosis, RelaxoBak products can help reduce pain you may experience while sitting. If you are experiencing sciatica pain due to your condition, RelaxoBak products can help relieve pressure on your coccyx therefore relieving pressure on the discs of your spine which may cause less pressure on your sciatic or other spinal nerves. RelaxoBak products also help users sit more naturally and align your spine giving you the greatest chance at reducing your pain due to nerve compression.