Who can suffer from spinal stenosis?
Risks associated with the development of spinal stenosis include the individual who:
- is born with a narrow spinal canal
- is a female
- is over 50 years of age
- has prior injury to or surgery on the spine
- has osteoarthritis and bony spurs of the spine that occur with aging
- has inflammatory spondyloarthritis
- has or has had tumors of the spine
- has Paget's disease of the bone
How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?
Your medical professional asks about symptoms and medical history and will perform a physical exam if spinal stenosis is suspected.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis can commonly include:
- pain in the legs and thighs
- radiating pain down the leg
abnormal bowel and/or bladder function
- decreased sensation in the feet causing difficulty walking
- loss of sexual function
- partial or complete leg paralysis.
Tests may be performed confirm and assess the diagnosis such as:
- X-rays of the spine
- CT (Computed Tomography) scan to check spinal canal
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to check soft tissues and nerves