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  1. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - What Increases Your Risk

    The risk of having lumbar spinal stenosis increases if you are older than age 50, have a history of spinal injury, or have osteoarthritis (spondylosis) of the spine.

  2. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Exams and Tests

    Lumbar spinal stenosis can usually be diagnosed based on your history of symptoms, a physical examination, and imaging tests. Imaging tests that may be used to evaluate the condition of the spine include: Computed tomography (CT) scan of the spine, which

  3. History and Physical Exam for Low Back Pain

    A thorough history to evaluate low back pain includes an assessment of:Pattern, intensity, and duration of the current episode of low back pain (you may be asked to complete a pain drawing to identify the sites and symptoms of pain). Make sure your doctor understands what brings on or increases your pain and what makes you feel better.Spine problems you have had since birth (congenital spine ...

  4. Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Pain

    Spinal cord stimulation is a procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain. To treat chronic low back pain, a small pulse generator, implanted in the back, transmits electrical pulses to the spinal cord. These pulses interfere with the nerve impulses responsible for leg pain due to nerve damage (sciatica).Implanting the stimulator is considered to be a simple procedure, ...

  5. Scoliosis - Topic Overview

    What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a problem with the curve in your spine. Some curves in your spine are normal. But a few people have spines that make a large curve from side to side in the shape of the letter 'S' or the letter 'C.' If this curve is severe,

  6. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Other Treatment

    Physical therapy is an important part of nonsurgical and postsurgical treatment for spinal stenosis. Physical therapy can reduce pain, improve function, and build muscle strength.

  7. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Surgery

    Surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis is done to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or the nerve roots. During surgery, damaged parts of your spine are removed or adjusted.

  8. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Symptoms

    Many people older than age 50 have some narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) but do not experience symptoms.

  9. Scoliosis - What Increases Your Risk

    Factors that increase a person's risk for scoliosis include: Family history. Scoliosis is known to run in families. Children - especially daughters - of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk for having scoliosis.Being female. Girls between the ag

  10. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Prevention

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by age - related changes of the spine, which can squeeze the spinal cord or its nerve roots. Some of these changes cannot be prevented; however, you may be able to control the severity of spinal stenosis by m

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