People suffering from spinal stenosis experience a range of symptoms such as pain, tingling or numbness in the lower back and neck. These symptoms could worsen over time as this condition is characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal due to aging, wear and tear, spinal injuries, or diseases that cause the bones to weaken.
According to the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, 1 in 1000 people above 65 years old could develop spinal stenosis in the U.S.. However, some 8-11% may have severe compression of the spine. When the symptoms become unbearable, doctors sometimes recommend surgery. However, some patients may opt for another less invasive treatment in the form of an epidural steroid injection (ESI).
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