Spinal Stenosis

 

Symptoms
Symptoms include:

  • Numbness, weakness, cramping, or pain in the legs and thighs
  • Radiating pain down the leg
  • Abnormal bowel and/or bladder function
  • Decreased sensation in the feet causing difficulty placing the feet when walking
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Partial or complete paralysis of legs

Diagnosis
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.

Tests may include:

  • X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take pictures of structures inside the body; in this case, to check for abnormalities in the bones of the back including osteoarthritis, bone spurs, and obvious narrowing of the spinal canal
  • CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the bony architecture of the back, which helps to evaluate the spinal canal
  • MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of soft tissue, such as the spinal cord and the spinal nerves inside the back

Treatment
Treatments include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs ) —to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Analgesics —to relieve pain
  • Corticosteroid injections —to reduce pain and inflammation

Special exercises can help stabilize the spinal cord. Exercise can increase muscle endurance and mobility of the spine. This can relieve some pain.

 

 

 

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