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What is Spinal Stenosis?
The Mayo Clinic describes spinal stenosis as a “narrowing of the spaces within your spine.” As a result of this narrowing, pressure is applied to the nerves which travels throughout the spine. The condition is most prevalent in the lower back and neck. The symptoms of the condition, including pain, often deteriorate over time.
But, what causes spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis is often a result of wear and tear in the spine and often relates directly to osteoarthritis.
Types of Spinal Stenosis
Cervical Stenosis – narrowing occurs around the neck
Lumbar Stenosis – narrowing occurs in the lower part of the back. This is the most common form.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis can include, but are not limited to:
- Pain in neck or back
- Weak muscles
- Tingling in foot or lower extremities
- Pain in legs
Spinal Stenosis and Medical Marijuana
With one of the primary symptoms of spinal stenosis being pain, discomfort, and inflammation, medical marijuana has proven to be tremendously effective in treating the condition and symptoms thereof. Medical marijuana can also help relieve stiffness in the muscles which are caused by MS. Symptoms such as tingling, weakness, and pain have been shown to be relieved significantly when treated with medical cannabis.
Neuropathy is another condition caused by spinal stenosis. Fortunately, Neuropathy is also an approved condition for medical marijuana in Florida. Patients suffering from spinal stenosis in Florida have had great success treating their symptoms with medical marijuana.
Side Effects of Cannabis for Spinal Stenosis
Side effects of marijuana use can include changes in:
- Reaction Time