Spinal Stenosis

In a new study doctors have revealed on Wednesday that due to increasing obesity, around 20 percent of elderlyare suffering from spinal stenosis and the figure might increase manifold in the coming years.

The doctors around the country believes that the problem is more common among the overweight old population, is becoming common among them as majority of people are found obsess.

“Spinal stenosis is not a pleasant disease. It is very less among the older population having controlled weight, but now a days the problem of obesity has risen among the old population and they have started becoming a victim of spinal stenosis. The percentage is somewhere around 20 percent of the total old population of India,” said Dr Deepak, a senior orthopaedician at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Deepak said that number of spinal stenosis patients has increased over the years. “Mostly, the patients come with the complaints of leg or arm weakness, lower back pain while standing or walking, numbness in legs or buttocks and balance problems and frequent falling, he further added.

He believes that these problems among their older population in countries like US and Canada are found more than India as their lifestyle is making them obsess. Figures for the disease stand at 11-15 percent.

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Explaining to those who don’t know what Spinal Stenosis is, it is one of the most common age-related back problems. It usually results from years of osteoarthritis, a thickening of the body’s ligaments that connect the bones to the spine and a deterioration of the cushioning between disks in the vertebrae – all of which cause the spinal canal to narrow.

As a result, nerves that travel down to the legs can become pinched near the bottom of the spine, causing pain and an inability to walk properly.

Arvind G. Kulkarni, head of Mumbai Spine Scoliosis & Disc Replacement Centre said: “About 75 per cent of cases of spinal stenosis occur in the low back (lumbar spine).”

“Exercise and physiotherapy is required to bring the patients to normal position,” said Kulkarni.

With inputs from IANS

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