Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the spine (backbone) that results in pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots.
This disorder usually involves the narrowing of one or more of three areas of the spine:
The canal in the center of the column of bones (vertebral or spinal column) through which the spinal cord and nerve roots run
The canals at the base or roots of nerves branching out from the spinal cord
The openings between vertebrae (bones of the spine) through which nerves leave the spine and go to other parts of the body
The narrowing may involve a small or large area of the spine. Pressure on the lower part of the spinal cord or on nerve roots branching out from that area may give rise to pain or numbness in the legs. Pressure on the upper part of the spinal cord (the neck area) may produce similar symptoms in the shoulders, or even the legs.
Symptoms can include numbness, weakness, cramping, or general pain in the arms or legs. If the narrowed space within the spine is pushing on a nerve root, people may feel pain radiating down the leg.
AMEDICA products used to treat spinal stenosis include:
- Preference 2® Spine System
- Preference 2® Complex Spine System
- Tercet® Triple-lead Pedicle Screws
Ask your doctor which AMEDICA product may be best to treat your condition.