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What're the symptoms of spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis causes pain in the buttocks, thigh, and calf and increasing weakness in the legs. The patient may also have

difficulty controlling bladder and bowel functions. The pain of spinal stenosis seems more severe when the patient walks downhill. Patients usually experience back and/or leg pain. In more severe cases, there may be numbness or weakness as well. Symptoms are typically worse when you stand and/or walk because in this posture, the spinal canal becomes narrower than when you bend forward or sit. Thus, individuals with spinal stenosis find it difficult to stand up straight or walk distances without leg pain. Bending forward or sitting usually relieves their pain. The classic symptom of spinal stenosis is leg pain when walking and standing that is relieved by sitting. Some people experience low back pain. Symptoms of spinal stenosis can often be controlled using medication (to relieve pain), exercise (to maintain strength and flexibility), physical therapy, or corticosteroid injections. Surgery may be considered for symptoms that are unbearable, are getting worse, or restrict normal daily activities. Pressure on the lower part of the spinal cord or on nerve roots branching out from that area may give rise to pain or numbness in the legs. Pressure on the upper part of the spinal cord (that is, the neck area) may produce similar symptoms in the shoulders, or even the legs. The symptoms vary depending location on the nerve tissues being irritated and the degree of irritation. When the neck is affected, it can result in unusual sensations in the arms and/or poor leg function and incontinence. When the low back is affected, the classic symptom is pain radiating down both legs while walking that is relieved by resting (called pseudoclaudication).

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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