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Spinal Stenosis

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What is it?

Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs due to the narrowing of the spinal canal or vertebral foramina, compressing the nerves. It often occurs due to the result of aging as the spine degenerates, and its function gradually declines.

Symptoms

• Low back pain • Leg pain - Particularly whilst walking • Numbness, tingling or weakness in legs and lower back • Bladder and bowel disturbances (see red flags)

When to see a doctor or consider surgery?

You should see your doctor if symptoms are severe, that do not improve over time and/or worsen. Surgery can be considered if non surgical treatments do not relieve symptoms. If you experience any 'Red Flags' (Symptoms requiring immidiate attention) you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

How is it diagnosed?

Lumbar stenosis is diagnosed using an MRI and/or CT scans (with X-ray dye).