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How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

To diagnose spinal stenosis, a doctor will first take a medical history and perform a physical exam, looking for limitations on movement, pain and a loss of reflexes. A diagnosis of spinal stenosis usually is based on your history of symptoms, a physical examination, and imaging tests, which may include X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scanning. Doppler scanning can trace the flow of blood to determine whether the pain is caused by circulatory problems. X-ray images, computed tomography scans (CT scans), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans can reveal any narrowing of the spinal canal. Electromyography, nerve conduction velocity, or evoked potential studies can locate problems in the muscles indicating areas of spinal cord compression.


More information on spinal stenosis

What is spinal stenosis? - Spinal stenosis is a progressive narrowing of the opening in the spinal canal caused by excessive growth of bone and thickening of tissue.
What causes spinal stenosis? - Spinal stenosis can be congenital, acquired, or a combination. Spinal stenosis is often caused by degeneration of the discs.
What're the symptoms of spinal stenosis? - The classic symptom of spinal stenosis is leg pain when walking and standing that is relieved by sitting.
How is spinal stenosis diagnosed? - A diagnosis of spinal stenosis usually is based on your history of symptoms, a physical examination, and imaging tests.
What's the treatment for spinal stenosis? - Mild cases of spinal stenosis may be treated with rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants.
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