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What happens when a bone puts pressure on the spinal cord?

Luke Macyszyn, MD
Neurosurgery
When a bony growth (bone spur) or overgrown ligament presses on the spinal cord, symptoms of a nervous system disorder called myelopathy develop. You may have weakness, numbness and difficulty walking. It is important to see a spine surgeon for a formal evaluation if you have these symptoms.
Gerald M. Silverman
Chiropractic Medicine
In rare instances, when bone or disc degeneration becomes severe enough to dramatically narrow a spinal opening (a condition known as spinal or foraminal stenosis) or a disc herniation becomes large enough, relentless pressure can be put on the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots. This condition is characterized by almost constant pain in one or both arms or legs with numbness, tingling, and loss of strength.
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