Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings (called neural foramina) where spinal nerves leave the spinal column.
Pseudo-claudication; Central spinal stenosis; Foraminal spinal stenosis; Degenerative spine disease; Back pain - spinal stenosis; Low back pain - stenosis; LBP - stenosis
Spinal stenosis usually occurs as a person ages.
Spinal stenosis may also be caused by:
Symptoms often get worse slowly over time. Most often, symptoms will be on one side of the body, but may involve both legs.
Symptoms are more likely to be present or get worse when you stand or walk. They often lessen or disappear when you sit down or lean forward. Most people with spinal stenosis cannot walk for a long period.
More serious symptoms include:
Exams and Tests
During a physical exam, your health care provider will try to find the location of the pain and learn how it affects your movement. You will be asked to:
Your provider will also move your legs in different positions, including bending and straightening your knees. This is to check your stren