Foraminal stenosis occurs when the foraminal canals within the spine begin to narrow. The foraminal canals are the passageways on either side of the vertebrae that allow the nerves to travel between the spinal cord and the spinal canal.
Because the foraminal canal is already narrow, even a mild case of foraminal stenosis can cause nerve compression, which means one of the traveling nerves within the foraminal canal becomes pinched. When this happens, symptoms of pain and discomfort can travel from the spine to other areas of the body along the nerve pathway.
Foraminal stenosis can have several causes, though the two most common causes of this condition are the natural aging process or another spine condition. The natural aging and weakening of the spine can cause changes in the spinal anatomy, which could result in a narrowing foraminal canal, causing foraminal stenosis. Similarly, another spine condition like a bone spur or herniated disc could shrink the empty space within the foraminal canals, also causing foraminal stenosis.
Learn more about foraminal stenosis
If you’ve been diagnosed with foraminal stenosis, it is important for you to learn more about this condition. Research the causes, symptoms and treatments available for foraminal stenosis, and schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options for pain relief.
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