In spinal stenosis, the space around the vertebrae (bones) of the spine becomes lessened. This narrowing can occur in the space between the bones of the spine; the space at the center of the spine (where the spinal cord nerves run); or the channels where the nerves branch out from the spine. As this happens, the space around the nerve roots gets smaller; also, the compression may prompt the growth of bone “spurs” that breach the spinal canal.
Spinal stenosis is generally found in the lumbar (lower back) region of the spine, which bears most of the weight of your body. It can also be found in the cervical (neck) region, where it can affect more of your body and is therefore more dangerous.