There are three types of symptoms of spinal canal stenosis
: pain, weakness, and numbness.
||Pain caused by the compression of nerves will occur in the arms or legs, and may feel like an ache that travels along the path of those nerves. Depending on which nerves are compressed, pain will be unique to those nerves.
||The nerves of the spine control movement of muscles. Compression of these nerves causes a disruption to the electrical signals that are transmitted, leading to weakness of the muscles.
||Compression of the nerves can lead to loss of sensation on the surface of the skin to which the nerves are connected.
What many people believe is that conditions that affect the spine cause back pain, but in reality, symptoms that are more important are those that affect the limbs as these demonstrate that the nerves have been disturbed
The symptoms of spinal canal stenosis is different from those of spinal disc herniation in that the former often occurs gradually and manifests as aching and heaviness of the legs, especially after walking a long distance or standing in one place for a long time. Symptoms may improve when bending over or squatting, which leads to the misunderstanding that the symptoms were caused by natural fatigue caused by age rather than a spinal condition that is curable.