Click to read full articleSpina l s t enos i s i s a common disease of the spine that affects people in their 50s, 60s and beyond. As the average l i fespan increases over the next 20–30 years, the incidence of this disease will increase as well. Spinal stenosis is a progressive disease that may become more severe as people age. This increase in severity slowly decreases their quality of life, along with their ability to ambulate and be self-sufficient. This article discusses the relevant anatomy, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms,  options for treating spinal stenosis. With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, stenotic patients can regain their optimal quality of life.