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
    • numbness
    • weakness
    • cramping
    • 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

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