What is spinal stenosis? In people with spinal stenosis, the spine is narrowed in one or more areas: The space at the center of the spine. The canals where nerves branch out from the spine. The space between the bones of the spine. This narrowing puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and can cause pain.
Musculoskeletal conditions like spinal stenosis and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in the knee affect people of all ages and can be debilitating. Recently reported long-term data from two large-scale studies funded in part by the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases provide clinically valuable insights into the outcomes associated with treatments for these common, and sometimes costly, orthopaedic problems. Benefits of surgery for spinal stenosis diminish over time Data from the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT) suggest that patients with severe low back pain caused by common spinal conditions who undergo surgery initially have