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What is Foraminal Stenosis ?

Foraminal stenosis, or narrowing, occurs when the open passageways between the spinal vertebrae (intervertebral foramina) are encroached upon by displaced bone or soft tissue, often due to degenerative changes in the spinal anatomy. Spinal nerve roots must travel through these small, hollow archways as they branch away from the spinal cord to reach other areas of the body. If a spinal foramen is obstructed, a sensitive nerve root can become compressed. The resulting pressure on the nerve root can cause it to send faulty signals along its pathway in the form of pain, numbness, tingling or weakness.

What Are The Causes Of Foraminal Stenosis?

Most often, foraminal stenosis results from spinal degeneration that occurs along with the natural aging process. The gradual deterioration of the spinal vertebrae and intervertebral discs can lead to a number of degenerative spine conditions such as bone spurs, a herniated or bulging disc, arthritis, ligament thickening and facet joint enlargement. Additionally, spinal injuries that result from trauma, repetitive movement or carrying excess body weight can hasten this process or cause spontaneous degeneration. The resulting structural changes in the spine can further limit the space within a foramen, causing it to become narrower, so that there is less space available for exiting nerve roots.

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