Spinal stenosis is more commonly seen in older populations, usually affecting individuals over the age of 50. The onset of spinal stenosis can be linked to osteoarthritis with the wear-and-tear of the spine over time. Unlike herniated disc(s), spinal stenosis can be found not only in the lumbar region, but also occurring in the cervical spine.
Additional causes related to spinal stenosis include:
- Spinal injuries
- Growths and tumors
- Thickening of ligaments (eventually pushing into the spinal canal)
- Bone spurs or conditions causing abnormal bone growth