Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. This abnormal disability tends to occur in any region of the spine. Spinal stenosis restricts the spinal cord thus forming a neurological deficit. Spinal stenosis can cause loss of motor neuron functions, pain and numbness. In those suffering from spinal stenosis, the spinal cord narrows at the vertebral canal.
Lumbar stenosis and cervical stenosis are the two types of spinal stenosis. Cervical stenosis is usually more of a harmful disability than lumbar spinal stenosis as it compresses harder on the spine in the lumbar region.
Do you or someone who know may have spinal stenosis? Financial help is available. You might qualify for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit and other benefits offered by the Canadian government for your disability.
Aging tends to be the key factor in causing spinal stenosis. The aging process means one’s body will experience facet joints breaking down, vertebral discs falling apart and bone spurs developing on both the bone and the spinal cord. Ligaments in the body are also likely to thicken as a process, which causes the disability caused by spinal stenosis to flourish.
Spinal stenosis often occurs when a person becomes older and their disks become dry and begin to shrink. At approximately the same time, the bones and ligaments that support the spine begin to increase in size and generally grow much larger due to inflammation and swelling, or in some cases, arthritis.
Spinal stenosis may also be caused in elderly people, or even middle-aged folk, by the contracting of arthritis in the spine. Certain bone diseases can also set off spinal stenosis such as Paget’s disease of the bones and achondroplasia. If you have ever suffered a defect of the spine when you were born this may also be the cause for the onset of spinal stenosis.
Symptoms for a patient suffering from Spinal Stenosis include:
- Discomfort while standing up
- Lack of feeling and general numbness
- Weakness and discomfort, particularly above the knees
- Pinched nerves causing discomfort
Disability Tax Credits for Spinal Stenosis
Do you or someone you know suffer from spinal stenosis? Is it affecting your quality of life?
You may be eligible for Disability Tax Credits from the Government of Canada under the categories of walking and dressing functions. Contact us today for a free consultation. We are glad to help!