Yes that is pretty much what it means. But as we age just about everyone gets some spinal stenosis, some more than others, but usually everyone has a little of it.at different places in there back, but usually it is not enough to interfere with the spinal cord and cause pain or problems. It is a narrowning of the spinal canal that can cause pressure to be put on the spinal cord or some of the nerves that comes off of it. It is usually caused by a bulging disk or a herniated disk, or oseophytes, which are bone spurs. Physical Therapy can do allot of things to help you with your back pain, and they might even have you do special exercises for your back to strengthen your back muscles to help take the strain off of your vertabra. They also use hot packs and ultra sound, both are usually very comforting. Age and heredity are two biggys when it come to back problems, and also doing things that strain it allot. Improper lifting and that type of thing, that most everybody does!
Joy I wish you luck with your appointment with your back specialist monday! I hope it all works out well for YOU!
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