Spinal stenosis occurs when part of your spine narrows, putting pressure on your spinal cord or nerves. That pressure can cause pain, numbness or weakness in your back, neck, shoulders or limbs. Spinal stenosis can result from injuries, tumors and other diseases. The most common cause is changes in your spine as you age. If your spinal stenosis is severe, you may need surgery.
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