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How is spinal stenosis diagnosed?

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The doctor will ask questions about your medical history. Then she might order at least one of these tests:

  • X-rays to show how the shape of your vertebrae has changed.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses radio waves to create a 3-D image of your spine. It can show tumors, growths, and even damage to discs and ligaments.
  • Computerized tomography (CT scan), which uses X-rays to create a 3-D image. The doctor can also inject a dye into your body to show damage to soft tissue as well as issues with your bones.

From: Cervical Spinal Stenosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public,” “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” “Spine Basics,” “Effects of Aging,” “About Us.”

Neuroscience Online, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston: “Chapter 3: Anatomy of the Spinal Cord.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis,” “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Mayo Clinic: “Spinal stenosis,” “CT scan.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis.”

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “What is a Physiatrist?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Spinal Stenosis”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public,” “Questions and Answers about Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis,” “Spine Basics,” “Effects of Aging,” “About Us.”

Neuroscience Online, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston: “Chapter 3: Anatomy of the Spinal Cord.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Spinal Stenosis,” “What is a Rheumatologist?”

Mayo Clinic: “Spinal stenosis,” “CT scan.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis.”

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: “Spinal Stenosis.”

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “What is a Physiatrist?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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