Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Directory
Lumbar spinal stenosis is spinal stenosis of the lower back. In spinal stenosis, the spinal canal narrows and irritates the spinal nerves causing back pain, weakness, and numbness. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how spinal stenosis is caused as well as its symptoms, treatments, and prevention.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis-What Happens
Spinal stenosis usually starts gradually and develops over a long period of time. Narrowing of the spinal canal can squeeze and irritate the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord, or it can squeeze and irritate the spinal cord itself.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis-Topic Overview
Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that occurs when excessive growth of bone and/or tissue reduces the size of the openings in the spinal bones.
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
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis-Treatment Overview
Lumbar spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal that usually starts gradually and develops over a long period of time. As the spinal canal narrows, it can squeeze (compress) and irritate the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord, or it
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Back Pain Myths & Facts
WebMD's back pain slideshow lets you in on the truth about the causes and treatments for back pain.
Slideshow: Surprising Reasons You're in Pain
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